UPTE-CWA E-Bulletin: December 08, 2010
Take action now to preserve our pension and retiree health benefits

(1) Our Retirement Benefits on the Chopping Block 
(2) Bargaining for Additional TX/RX Equity Concluded
(3) Health Care Bargaining Survey
(1) Our Retirement Benefits On The Chopping Block
The UC Regents will vote on proposals made by UC President Yudof at a special meeting next Monday. Lodge your opinion now by clicking to UPTE’s protest website.

UC wants new employees to pay more for less. The employees will get less because UC plans to balance its bottom line by cutting their contributions to the pension plan for new hires. This 2-tier contribution system will divide the work force and will pressure UC to get rid of us, the “legacy” employees, or get us on to the new system.

Among the changes UC wants to make is to increase the age for maximum retirement benefits to 65. This means that if you retire at 60 your pension will less than half of what you would get under the current system once you add in the planned cut to retiree health benefits.

UC has to bargain these changes with those who have union contracts and we plan to fight. You can take the first step by sending the letter from the protest website.

For a video summary of the changes and our alternative solution, check out the new UPTE video bulletin.

Our members at the Lawrence Livermore and Los Alamos labs have experienced that same kind of attack, only much worse.

(2) Bargaining For Additional TX/RX Equity Concludes
While we were able to obtain much needed equity adjustment for computer resource specialists at UC San Diego, studio projectionists at UC Los Angeles and some other titles, UC refused to agree to critical equity needs at UC Davis. A complete list of equity increases will be released in the next couple weeks when it has been officially signed off.

These equity increases come out of a pool equivalent to 0.5% of payroll. Any portion that is not distributed as a targeted equity increase on a campus will be distributed equally among all TX/RX employees retroactive to October 1, 2010.

(3) Health Care Bargaining Survey
Our HX contract expires next year, either June 30 or December 30. The bargaining survey that goes out next week gets us feedback on the wage, benefits, pension and other priorities for all our members. Make sure you and your co-workers voice your opinion. The surveys will be tallied and discussed at our systemwide bargaining conference on January 29, 2011.

We want to hear your input. Participate in the UPTE member forum for more dialog on
UPTE issues.

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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