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September 26, 2016

(1) Technical and Researcher Raises this October

All TX and RX unit members will receive a 3% raise. This includes employees on probation, limited appointment and topped out employees. Everyone gets it!

This raise goes into effect the first complete pay period in October. That means monthly paid workers will see it in their checks on November 1, 2016 and bi-weekly paid employees will see it on November 2, 2016.

After this raise, UPTE will negotiate future raises as part of our next contract. Bargaining surveys will be distributed in October to determine our members’ priorities. Make sure that you fill out the survey, which will be circulated by union activists and staff across the state.

(2) Let’s Take on Big Banks
CWA (UPTE’s national union) has been working on exposing Wells Fargo through a community-based coalition called the Committee for Better Banks. This week we heard the results. Wells Fargo has been exposed for defrauding thousands of customers and fined $185 million. (Watch Elizabeth Warren, member of the Senate Banking Committee, grill Wells Fargo’s CEO here). The bank set up fraudulent accounts that incurred charges to customers. If we stole from the bank, we would go to jail. When the bank steals from us they get a slap on their hand from congress (in an election year) but they keep the loot.

CWA has asked us to support two bills in congress that close loopholes by which corporate executives avoid taxes. Call your legislator at 1-866-249-6849 and ask them to 1) close the carried interest loophole (H.R. 2889/S.1686), and 2) to end tax exemptions for CEO bonuses (H.R. 2013/S. 1127).

Get more information on the bills on UPTE’s legislative page.

(3) UC San Francisco Wants to Replace IT Workers with Low Paid Overseas Labor: just say no!
In a plan revealed in ComputerWorld, UCSF plans to contract out a chunk of its IT workers to an India-based company. Many of UCSF’s current staff will be forced to train their replacements coming from India, and much of their work will be outsourced directly to India. Public tax dollars will be used to eliminate fair paying jobs with a pension. They will be and replaced by workers making less than half the wage and no pension.

Management at UCSF has already broached the possibility that this outsourcing will be expanded to other employees at UCSF and even to other UC campuses. The company involved, HCL, already has over 140,000 employees, 20,000 of whom work in the US under H1B visas.

This outsourcing also places critical medical, employee and research data at risk. UC has already had Social Security number leaks to health care vendors. Given the spate of internet security breaches, giving access to the data at one our nation’s top medical institutions to private, out-of-country contracts is a hazardous policy decision.

Sign this petition to UC President Napolitano demanding that she stop this outsourcing.

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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