UPTE-CWA E-Bulletin: August 26, 2011
(1) Fighting For Pensions At Verizon – Take Solidarity Action
(2) State Audit Highlights UC’s Lack of Transparency
(3) Let’s Talk Pension And Pay!

(1) Fighting For Pensions At Verizon – Take Solidarity Action
Forty-five thousand workers at Verizon ended their strike last week, but the struggle continues. Most Verizon workers are represented by the Communications Workers of America, UPTE’s national union.  The strike has resulted in Verizon moving many of its worst demands off the table, but tough issues remain. The contract fight at Verizon involves many of the same issues that UC employees will face when our contracts expire in 2013: pension, retiree health benefits and job security. Employers across the country seem to think that our hard won standards of living and retirement security can be used to increase their profit margins.

UPTE-CWA members took action to support Verizon wireless workers at stores across the state during the strike. If necessary we will be back out on the street.  Please let Verizon workers know you stand with them by sending a solidarity message at: www.cwa-union.org/verizonsolidarity

(2) State Audit Highlights UC’s Lack Of Transparency
In the wake of drastic fee hikes and dramatic executive bonuses, UPTE-CWA worked with other unions to commission the largest ever audit conducted by the California State Auditor. Our goal was to make sense of where public funds go at UC. The 91-page report was issued recently after over a year of investigating UC’s financial operations. It calls for more transparency in UC’s accounting practices, complaining that UC’s financials lump together about $1 billion a year in unspecified spending. The auditors focused on how students have borne the brunt of the financial cuts, what happens to research overhead funds and inequities between campuses. Please read and comment on UPTE President Jelger Kalmijn’s blog entry reviewing the audit.

(3) Let’s Talk Pensions and Pay!
We want to hear your opinions and concerns about UC’s proposed retirement changes. UC’s proposed 2-tier plan would create pressures on us as “legacy” employees.

What are the details? What are the alternatives? Will we all be affected by the changes? What can we do to get the outcome we want? We are training members to facilitate meetings in departments and buildings on every campus. Please let your campus leadership know when we can hold a meeting in your work area.

We want to hear your input. Participate in the UPTE member forum for more dialogue 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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