February 02, 2017

(1) UPTE IT Workers at UCSF Speak Out About Outsourcing Their Jobs to India
(2) Today! UC-Wide #noDAPL Day of Action
(3) Member Resource Book Now Available

(1) UPTE IT Workers at UCSF Speak Out About Outsourcing Their Jobs to India 
Converging from various UC campus, IT workers from UPTE explained to the Regents the irreparable harm that will come from sending our jobs to India. Long time employees will lose their jobs the end of this month. They will be replaced by workers they were forced to train who will be paid 25% of their wage. The turnaround time for work orders has already skyrocketed, with December-job requests still unanswered. The risk of security breaches of vital and sensitive medical, employee and research data imperils UCSF’s integrity.

The workers’ action at the Regents’ meeting was covered by CNBC’s Nightly Business Report and the CWA News. You can also watch the employees’ testimony before the Regents, or read the latest letter objecting to UCSF’s plan from a member of Congress. At the end of the public input, the IT workers hand their signs to UC San Diego Chancellor Khosla who sits on the board of the company to whom the work is being outsourced.

(2) Today! UC-Wide #noDAPL Day of Action
Join students across the University of California today to stand with the water protectors at Standing Rock, North Dakota in their battle against the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), and demand that the Regents divest all holdings from the fossil fuel industry, including the two companies behind DAPL.

Since late August, hundreds of UC students have traveled to Standing Rock and dozens of solidarity actions have been organized from UC San Diego to UC Davis. Support from students is overwhelming, yet UC remains directly invested in Energy Transfer Partners and Sunoco Logistics, two corporations that fund DAPL and operate over 75,000 miles of oil pipeline.

UC is a global leader in environmental sustainability, as well as the public university that invests more in climate research than any other in the world. Yet UC still has over $1.7 billion invested in the fossil fuels industry, which is widely opposed by students, staff and faculty.

It should come as no surprise that Donald Trump is also directly invested in the Dakota Access Pipeline and his appointee for Secretary of State, Rex Tillerson, is the long-time CEO of the largest oil company in the world. Now, more than ever, we must reject climate denialism and urge the Regents to put people over profits and DIVEST FROM FOSSIL FUELS.

UC-Wide Actions:
Berkeley - Meet @ Sproul Plaza
Davis - Meet @ MU flagpole for a march to Mrak Hall
Irvine - Meet @ the flagpoles on campus
Los Angeles – location to be determined
Merced - Meet @ Kolligian Library
San Diego - Meet @ Silent Tree outside Library Geisel
Santa Barbara - Meet @ Student Resources Building lawn
Santa Cruz - Meet @ the Quarry
Riverside - Meet @ the Belltower

(3) Member Resource Book Now Available
The 2017 edition of our member resource book includes essential information and resources for all members. Check out the links to our contractual raises. Sections also include information on workplace rights, health and safety and how our union works. Contact your local UPTE office for a printed copy.

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.