UPTE-CWA E-Bulletin: August 25, 2009
Coalition No Confidence Vote of UC President Yudof Starts Wednesday, August 26
(2) Holiday Furlough Facts

(1) Coalition No Confidence Vote of UC President Yudof Starts Wednesday, August 26
UC President Mark Yudof’s proposals for cuts, furloughs and layoffs have drawn unprecedented opposition from staff, faculty, students and the general public. As the details and motivations become more public, it has become clear that Yudof’s proposals have more to do with changing how UC provides education and public service than with budget cuts.

All UC unions are joining together to ask all staff and faculty to participate in a vote of no-confidence from Wednesday, August 26 to Wednesday, September 2. Polling locations at all campuses are posted on the UPTE vote website. For those who cannot make a polling location, there is an on-line polling option by sending an email to absentee@upte-cwa.org.

Everyone who works at UC is eligible to vote, whether represented by a union or not. A strong turnout will show the regents that there is widespread opposition to Yudof’s plans to downsize UC.

In addition to the no confidence vote, UPTE TX/RX members are moving ahead with an unfair labor practice strike to force UC to follow the law and bargain a contract. UC must bargain about any cuts that it wishes to impose. If you have not yet signed a strike pledge card, please do so immediately. When UPTE TX/RX members go on strike, all other UC employees are encouraged to participate.

(2) Holiday Closure and Furlough Facts
UC does not have the right to unilaterally implement holiday closures or furloughs for UPTE members with collective bargaining rights -- that includes all workers in the TX, RX and HX units at all campuses and LBNL. UPTE insists that UC take all reasonable action to avoid any layoffs. Without any guarantee of job security and no layoffs, UPTE members have no incentive to agree to furloughs. The overwhelming majority (85% in TX/RX and 99% in HX) of UPTE-represented employees are not paid with state funds. UC actually has money for our raises.

UPTE will file an unfair labor practice charge (ULP) with the state labor board if UC seeks to implement any holiday closures without bargaining. In the last round of bargaining, UPTE won a favorable settlement on a ULP regarding campus closure.

Employees without collective bargaining, such as UPTE’s administrative professional (AP) members, will most likely receive a notice on September 1, 2009 that their pay will be cut by a certain percentage every month and that they will be permitted to take a corresponding number of days off, some of which will be mandated during the holiday season.  Just one more reason why UPTE’s APs need union representation. Please ask your AP coworkers to sign an UPTE commitment card in support of collective bargaining rights for that unit.

The UPTE E-Bulletin is prepared by UPTE-CWA President Jelger Kalmijn. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to write him at president@upte-cwa.org.

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