September 07, 2017

(1) UC May Send Your Job To India: Urgent Action To Stop Off-Shoring
UPTE’s bill to stop off-shoring of our jobs (AB848) heads to a final vote in the state Legislature before next Friday. UC and CSU management are working to kill this bill. We need to let our legislators know we want them to keep public jobs in the US.

Here’s how you can help: write your Senator via UPTE’s e-action page, asking that AB848 be sent to the governor’s desk before the legislative session ends next week.

The back story: UCSF management contracted with a company based in India and forced nearly 100 UC employees to train their replacements before being laid off, a story widely covered in the media as well as the UPTE Update.This off-shoring agreement applies to all UC campuses, not just UCSF. We want to prevent this from happening elsewhere.

(2) How UC Wants Cut Your Retiree Health Benefits
UC executives have presented their plans to slash retiree health benefits even further. Proposals they plan to share with the regents include making us pay 53% of the total premium cost, which could make our share more than $500/month. The execs are also exploring eliminating support for retiree health benefits for spouses and other dependents. UC is also considering forcing retirees to pay for dental insurance the way they have for vision care.

(3) UPTE Supports Dreamers
Our union denounces Donald Trump’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that allows undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children to work and get an education. DACA participants pay taxes but are not eligible to receive benefits. Thousands of DACA participants currently attend, or have graduated from, the UC, CSU and community college systems. Dividing families is inhumane and will have terrible effects on California’s economy. Many of us and our families came to this country as immigrants.

Tell congress to reinstate DACA now!

As a union, we will urge UC President Janet Napolitano to stand firm in her commitment to not cooperate with federal authorities to deport Dreamers or deny them an education and a future.

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