October 26, 2016

(1) UC disability insurance changes - inform yourself
For the most part, the changes UC unveiled in open enrollment on our disability insurance are bad news.

  • If you become disabled, you will only be able to collect up to 60% of your salary instead of 70%.

  • If you do not sign up for either, you will only have basic disability insurance, which is 55% of pay with a maximum of $800 per month for 6 months.

  • The supplemental disability will be divided into short-term and long-term.

  • Signing up for short-term disability will bring your benefit to 60% for up to 6 months.

  • Signing up for long-term disability will bring your benefit to 60% until age 65.

  • The cost of signing up for both will be about double what you are paying now if you are on a 30-day waiting period. That means you will be getting 10% less benefit for twice the cost!

  • The waiting period for the short-term disability will be 14 days, but you will still have to use a month’s worth of sick leave (if you have it) before getting the disability payments.

The bad news notwithstanding, you should probably enroll in both disability plans. People do get hurt outside work or have children (pregnancy qualifies as a “disability”), so disability payments can make a huge difference. UC employees are not eligible for state disability insurance, so signing up for UC’s disability insurance makes sense in most cases.

Here is UC’s website for the disability insurance next year.

(2) UC bargaining time. What's your opinion?
The first step in building member participation and support for our bargaining demands is figuring out the union’s priorities. We aim to have every member under contract complete our bargaining survey. The survey will mainly be done on a face-to-face basis by our zone contacts in every work area. Doing the survey in person gives us a chance to strengthen our connections and prepare for our campaign to pressure UC.

Ask your zone contact to bring you a survey. If you don’t know who your zone contact is, get in touch with your local UPTE office.

(3) UPTE-CWA election endorsements
UPTE has taken an official position on some of the most important ballot propositions and a couple candidates that we hope will be champions for higher education and working people. We also provide links to several other helpful election recommendations and endorsements. Please review these suggestions before voting.

vote 2016

(4) We can beat the biggest and baddest trade agreement yet: TPP
Despite opposition from the left and right, President Obama wants to jam the Trans-Pacific Partnership through the lame-duck congress. We can stop this if we make our voices heard. Get ready to join UPTE for a call in date in the middle of November. You will be asked to call your congress member to urge them to vote “no” on TPP.

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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