May 21: Join the strike line!
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Strike UPTE-CWA E-Bulletin: May 16, 2013
Strike for Retirement Security and Fair Pay
We held spirited actions at all the medical centers and the Regents’ meeting yesterday to demand that UC start bargaining in good faith. From marches into the CEO’s office to shutting down the Regents meeting, our voice was loud and clear.  

Next Tuesday, May 21, UPTE health care workers (HX) will strike in sympathy with patient care technical workers in AFSCME. We will dedicate a day of pay for our future and for the future of all those to come after us. We will picket for the fair pay raises that UC has held hostage for the ransom of our pension. We will picket to preserve our right to retire with dignity after a career at UC. If you have not done so yet, sign up for a picketing shift on-line.

UC medical centers made more than $500 million in profit last year. That state has proposed 5 years of steady funding increases for UC. Why should we give up the benefits and pay our predecessors won for us? We won’t!

Starting with all shifts after 4AM on May 21, HX members do not go to work. All UPTE members who forgo a day’s pay and show up for a picketing shift will receive UPTE strike benefits. You have no obligation to report to your supervisor. The union has already provided more than 10 days advance notice that we will not be at work except for essential services (similar to holiday coverage). UC has already cancelled non-emergency procedures and clinics.

UC tried to get an injunction against the strike, but the state’s Public Employment Relations Board has ruled AFSCME’s strike legal, as well as UPTE’s sympathy strike.

UPTE’s technical (TX) and researcher (RX) members should support the HX and AFSCME strike before and after work and at the lunch break. The TX and RX contract has not yet expired so its unit members cannot legally strike yet. UPTE’s administrative professionals without a union contract have the full right, under the First Amendment, to refuse to cross picket lines and not go to work.

If you have not done so yet, sign up for a picketing shift on-line.

For more detailed information about our strike read our on-line FAQ.

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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