UPTE-CWA E-Bulletin: June 17, 2013
(1) UPTE Administrative Professionals (APs) Win 3% Raise
(2) July 1 Action: TX/RX Contract Expires, UC Imposes Two-Tier on Workers Without Union Contracts, UC Plans To Offer 0% Pay Increase Along With Two-Tier Retirement
(3) Labor Law Unenforceable: Call Senator Feinstein To Support NLRB Appointments
(1) UPTE Administrative Professionals (APs) Win 3% Raise
After delivering thousands of petitions to UC regents and chancellors, UPTE-CWA’s AP activists have won a 3% raise effective July 1, 2013. After only 2 raises in the last 6 years, this one is long overdue. This large group of UC workers, about 15,000 in total, doesn’t yet have a union contract but is organizing for collective bargaining rights with UPTE. The already under-market wages most APs receive are suffering from the cumulative effects of increased retirement and benefits contributions and inflation. Most changes UC imposes upon APs are de facto pay cuts.

APs continue to join UPTE and participate in efforts to get fairer compensation and a voice in their working conditions. In addition to the raise just announced, UPTE has held dozens of “wage workshops” teaching APs how to obtain reclassifications, equity increases and administrative stipends.

(2) July 1 Action: TX/RX Contract Expires, UC Imposes Two-Tier on Workers Without Union Contracts, UC Plans To Offer 0% Pay Increase Along With Two-Tier Retirement
Across the state, UC’s union members will rally on July 1 to protest the imposition of two-tier post-employment benefits (pension and retiree health care). While UC can unilaterally impose these changes on those without a union contract, it must negotiate with those of us who have contracts.

But, in the last RX/TX bargaining session UC stated that they would offer a 0% wage increase - even if UPTE gave up one of our key bargaining issues and accepted their divisive and unnecessary two-tier retirement proposal.

UPTE-CWA has joined with AFSCME and CNA to stand for fair pay and retirement security for all, rather than UC’s race to the bottom. We insist there are alternative means to stabilize the retirement fund and our retiree health benefits, which keep all employees on the same plan. Modest contributions from all of us can easily avoid future pay, retirement or benefits cuts.

We can only win if we speak out now and show our support of this demand. Here’s what you
can do:

  1. Come out to the July 1 statewide actions.
  2. Sign a strike pledge card - (Contact your local office or Zone Contact).

(3) Labor Law Unenforceable: Call Senator Feinstein To Support NLRB Appointments
What good is a law if there is no one to enforce it? That is exactly the case right now with labor law in the private sector. Senate Republicans have blocked the Obama administration’s appointment of all new National Labor Relations Board appointments so that the board no longer has a quorum and cannot issue any decisions.

The Senate can force these appointments to a confirmation vote if they change the Senate rules. Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-California) has not yet commented to this very necessary step to break legislative gridlock. Call her and tell her to do what is necessary so that the Senate can hold confirmation votes for NLRB appointments. Here is the number to call: 888-966-9824. Please do it today! There is more detailed information on the CWA website.

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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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