March 01, 2017
(1) Bargaining Priorities Set
A hundred delegates at UPTE’s bargaining conference recently evaluated the results of our bargaining survey completed by thousands of union members. Priorities include:

  • Winning regular longevity step increases in addition to an across-the-board cost of living raise.
  • Preserving and reducing the cost of benefits. This includes not pressuring new hires to opt out of the pension plan, reducing the pension contributions, gaining employee representation on the pension board, and keeping down the cost of health care.
  • Strengthening and making “preferential rehire” more effective.
  • Child care opportunities or assistance.
  • Overtime pay, on-call pay, weekend and night shift differentials.
  • Union rights, such as membership preservation and access to members.
  • Equity pay increases for specific job titles.
  • Pay for employees at the top of their pay scale.

Some bargaining surveys did not get handed in on time. The delegates agreed to accept any outstanding bargaining surveys until the end of the week. Surveys can be completed as a paper version available from UPTE activists or as an online version.

(2) Bargaining Team Elected
Each campus caucused at the bargaining conference and elected their bargaining team members. There will be two bargaining teams: One for health care professionals (HX) and one for researchers and technical employees (RX and TX). Here are the tentative team members:

SF Brandon Sessler
Jason Rosenbury
Sonia Moscardon
Elizabeth Milos
Elisa Cleveland
Paul Phojanakong
IR Enrique Trinidad
Karen Chang
Eric Wise
Michele Freeman
Juliana Emert
Kimberly Klinger
LA Tom Brewer
Robbie Harris
Josephine Ratikan
Angie Mondragon
BK   Dan Russell
Matheson Ott
RV   Not yet filled
MC   Mark Kosier
Kevin Two
SB   Bill Fitzpatrick
Damion Miller
LBL   Mike Dupray
Bill Rowley
DV Greg Wine
Alexis Roberts
Joe Spector
Karen Galbreath
Joaquin Chavez
SC   Melanie Young
Student Health Tobirus Newby
Marcela Corona

(3) Time to Mobilize
“If there is no struggle there is no progress.” Frederik Douglas (1857)

While our bargaining team will prepare thoughtful and reasonable bargaining demands, UC will, as usual, reject them all (including raises) until there is adequate pressure on them to agree to enough of our demands that we have a fair contract.

How do we generate that pressure? Come find out at UPTE mobilization trainings to take place at every campus. Contact your UPTE local to get more information. Our success depends on everyone being involved in whichever way works for them. Come to the training and figure out how you can contribute.

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.