Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC
For the Week of June 06, 2016
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GET OUT THERE AND VOTE on Tuesday, June 7! Be sure to go to the polls or deliver your mail ballot, if you haven’t yet (find your polling place here). All UC union contracts as well as personnel policy allow two hours off for voting if you don’t have time to do so outside of work.

Both UPTE and our national union, CWA, have endorsed Bernie Sanders for President. Those registered as “No Party Preference” can vote for Bernie by requesting a Democratic ballot at the polls. If you require any help at the polls, call 866-OUR-VOTE for advice and assistance. The California Federation of Labor has endorsements for state and local races and ballot measures.

Bernie bootcamp in Davis
Bernie bootcamp

If you are in the bay area, consider attending Bernie’s historic “get out the vote” rally and concert at Crissy Field in San Francisco, where the doors open at 3:30pm. Bernie will be joined by Dave Matthews, Fantastic Negrito, Fishbone, Yarn and special guests Dr. Cornel West, Shailene Woodley and Danny Glover. One hundred thousand people are expected!

Meanwhile, in other news, Los Angeles Times columnist Michael Hiltzik fired a broadside against the corporatization of public universities, looking at the suspension of UC Davis’s chancellor, Linda Katehi, as a symptom of a more pernicious trend in higher education.

US News and World Report noted that almost half of campuses in the CSU system have women chancellors.

Forty thousand workers on strike against Verizon, represented by UPTE’s national union CWA, have won, and won big! They walked out in mid-April against an intransigent employer determined to keep the union out of its burgeoning wireless operations while throttling the union in the company’s shrinking landline division. Instead, solidarity and worker militancy won significant pay increases and a contract for wireless retail workers, as well as defeating contracting out and pension take backs.

Hot off the press: take a look at UPTE’s Update newsletter, with articles on the drive for representation for UC’s 18,000 administrative professionals (APs), fighting layoffs at UC Berkeley, health and safety tips for members, and new legislation supporting UPTE-represented part-time faculty at the community colleges.

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