UPTE-CWA E-Bulletin: June 04, 2013
(1) Bargaining in Unity: Stop the Race to the Bottom  
(2) What’s the Best Way to Reach You? Fill Out Survey for Chance to Win $25 Gift Certificate 
(3) UC Hospitals Make $500 million, State has Budget Surplus, Governor Proposes 4 Years of
UC Budget Increases 

(1) Bargaining in Unity: Stop the Race to the Bottom
In our last contracts, UPTE preserved all benefits, plus we made wage gains. There is no reason we can’t continue on this course.

Except for UC management, that is. The university wants us to forfeit the improvements we and our predecessors have made over many years of contract bargaining. In this round, UC’s negotiators propose to postpone retirement by up to 15 years for all new and about half of current employees. In the next round of bargaining, they will propose major pay cuts for everyone else. That means a race to the bottom for us all!

The recent strike by AFSCME and UPTE members is the first major escalation in our pressure on UC to find a solution that keeps us on a single tier.  However UC responds, we will continue to work together until we find a solution that works for us all.

UPTE’s next major actions will mark the June 30 expiration of the tech (TX) and researcher (RX) contracts. UC will face ongoing workplace discontent and disruption until their representatives seriously negotiate a contract that does not take away our futures.

(2) What’s the Best Way to Reach You? Take Brief Survey for Chance to Win One of Ten $25 Gift Certificate.
UPTE wants to know how best to communicate with all our members. From face-to-face conversations to Twitter, there are so many options. Let us know what works best for you by taking this very brief survey. Everyone who completes the survey will get a chance to win one of ten $25 gift certificates.

(3) UC Hospitals Make $500 Million, State Has Budget Surplus, Governor Propose 5 Years of UC Budget Increases 
The 2012 financial statements from the 5 UC medical centers report more than $500 million in profit. After several years of deficits, our state now faces the dilemma of how to allocate a surplus of
$1-$4 billion
.

Here’s something to think about: California Governor Jerry Brown has proposed a 5% increase for UC for the next two years, followed by an additional two years of 4% increases. With all the new revenue, why does UC propose turning back the clock by decades on workers benefits?

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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