January 05, 2017

(1) Support Teamster Clerical Employees at UC Strike, January 10! UC Refuses to Bargaining in Good Faith

Join the clerical strike lines next Tuesday, January 10. Their fight is our fight. Their pension is our pension. Their raises set a template for our raises. We encourage all UPTE members to show their support by attending picket lines at lunch time and before and after work.

Please check in with UPTE staff present on the picket lines during the lunch hours to obtain an UPTE pin or shirt so clerical employees see that we are standing with them.

Dragging out bargaining and refusing to bargain about back pay until starved employees give in, is a tactic we at UC know all too well. Clerical employees have gone for more than a year without a raise and UC is pressuring employees to get them to cave in on a plan to dramatically undermine our pension plan by encouraging new employees to opt out.

Wages for UC clerical staff are so low that more than 70% of workers suffer from hunger or food insecurity.  Real wages are down by 24% over the past two decades.

We strongly encourage all UPTE members to not perform clerical work during this strike. If asked to, we suggest that you ask for training to perform the new duties.

Employees may wish to exercise their rights of free speech to not cross picket lines. Those concerned for their safety, may opt to not go to work.

Here are the picket locations:

Northern California Strike Locations/Times:

  • UCB: Gayley Rd. & Hearst Ave., Berkeley, 7:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.

  • LBNL: Hearst Ave. and Cyclotron Rd., Berkeley, 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • UCSF: 505 Parnassus Ave., San Francisco, 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (Rally at noon)

  • UCOP: 1111 Franklin St, Oakland, 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

  • UCM: Lake Rd. and Bellevue Rd., Merced, 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

  • UCD Campus: Dairy Rd. & Hutchison Dr., Davis CA 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • UCD Medical Center: X St. & Stockton Blvd., Sacramento, 7:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  
  • UCSC: Heller Dr. & Empire Grade, Santa Cruz, 6:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Southern California Strike Locations/Times:

  • UCLA: 100 Medical Plaza Driveway, Los Angeles, 6:30 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

  • UCI Medical Center: 101 The City Drive South, Orange, 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

  • UCSD: Hillcrest Hospital: 200 W. Arbor Dr., San Diego, 5:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

  • UCR: 900 University Ave., Riverside, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

  • UCSB: Henley Gate, 7:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Also, in Los Angeles, Teamsters Local 2010 members in the skilled trades will be on a ULP strike for five days, from January 6-10. Skilled Trades workers at UCLA have been working without a contract or raises for four years, and are paid as much as $10 an hour below the prevailing wage. 

Support the UCLA skilled trades picket lines at: 100 Medical Plaza Driveway, Los Angeles, January 6-10, 6:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

(2) UPTE Bargaining Surveys Due
If you have not yet filled out a bargaining survey for our upcoming contract negotiations, request one from your zone contact or UPTE staff.

Our upcoming bargaining conference will take direction from the survey results and we want to make sure we have a complete view of all our members’ priorities.

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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