UPTE-CWA E-Bulletin: August 18, 2009
UC union coalition plans “no confidence” vote on Yudof and campus actions to oppose furlough/layoff plan
(2) UC executives give themselves raises; borrow $200 million for new buildings
(3) UPTE bargainers respond to UC proposal on furloughs, and proposes guarantee of no layoffs
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(1) UC union coalition plans “no confidence” vote on Yudof and campus actions to oppose furlough plan
The unions at UC are coming together to oppose UC President Mark Yudof’s destructive and unnecessary cuts. First up are campus actions in August and a statewide vote of no confidence from August 26 to September 2. All employees are encouraged to send UC management a clear message of disapproval with Yudof’s leadership.

August’s actions will lead up to larger actions in September, including a likely unfair labor practice strike of UPTE tech and researcher (TX/RX) members to pressure the regents to order their bargainers to negotiate in good faith. Last month, UPTE members voted to approve a strike, with more than 80% voting ‘yes’ that UPTE’s leadership can call a strike at an appropriate time with reasonable notice.

At the bargaining table, UC continues to offer no wage increases or substantive health and safety improvements. The grants that fund 85% of UPTE members’ salaries contain built-in escalators for raises. UPTE is committed to capture that money for wage increases, while at the same time finding a solution for state-funded workers in departments that may not have adequate funds for the raises. UPTE is committed to working out creative solutions with departments that truly have a budget shortfall, with the goal of avoiding any layoffs.

President Yudof has expressed his discontent with UPTE members’ demonstrations in front of his UC-provided Oakland house and at the regents’ meeting. The media and member mobilization have clearly begun to hit their target.

(2) UC executives give themselves raises; borrow $200 million for new buildings
While requesting that employees take from 4 to 10% cuts in pay, UC executives continue to receive administrative stipends, supplemental moving expenses and many other perks on top of their salaries of well over $200,000. Yudof himself received $3,548 to move his car from Texas. While not a large amount, this is symptomatic of how for UC executives, business continues as usual, while employees are taking cuts that make the difference of being able to pay their rent or mortgage.

Cuts such as the layoff letters sent to all lecturers at UC Los Angeles, and the elimination of the Poison Control Center and California Animal Health and Food Safety Lab, dramatically harm education, research and UC’s overall public service mission.

This last week, UC borrowed $200 million that it will lend to the state of California, so that the state can then pay for new buildings at UC. That is the same amount that UC targeted to cut from staff wages. Clearly, new buildings are a higher priority than paying salaries for those of us who work in the buildings UC already has.

(3) UPTE TX/RX bargainers respond to UC proposal on furloughs; UPTE proposes a guarantee of no layoffs
The TX/RX bargaining team responded to UC’s furlough proposal with our own plan. While the vast majority of UPTE members are not on state funds, some departments at some campuses are dependent on the state budget. Addressing this concern, the bargaining team proposed that if UC can show that a particular department has exhausted all options and that implementing the furloughs will come with a guarantee of no layoffs of members, then UPTE will negotiate implementing furloughs for employees that make more than $40,000 in that department.

Unfortunately, the proposal was turned down by UC bargainers who made clear that management seeks the power to furlough and issue layoffs as they see fit. “This is very discouraging,” said Kevin Rooney, UPTE’s TX/RX chief negotiator. “Mark Yudof keeps telling UC unions its 'furloughs or layoffs,' but it looks like what he means is 'furloughs AND layoffs,' wherever and whenever they want. Why would we sign onto that?”

UPTE continues to hold the position that furloughs and layoffs are unnecessary and harmful to the educational and research mission of the university. We will continue to work with other unions, students, faculty groups and legislators towards a solution that does not harm the university: UC tapping into its vast array of resources to temporarily cover the decrease in state funds.

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