|Union Builder Communicator: September 25, 2009|
What A Strike & Walkout!
The day after this incredible demonstration of popular protest, we have two challenges:
Also, we have the UPTE on-line forum where we can jointly discuss our evaluation of our strike and future plans.
We have TX/RX bargaining for the next three weeks. We are filing new unfair labor practice charges against the temporary layoffs. We hope that the strike, legal action, and massive broader movement will bring UC to the bargaining table in serious way to settle our contract.
Despite the medical centers making $100’s millions in profit, Yudof is insisting on no raises for anyone for several years, in addition to pay cuts for the pension plan, health benefits and parking. Our first step in building a campaign is education of our members about the money that is available for raises and to what extent our salaries below market pay.
The student health center health care professionals continue to receive the worst deal. UC wants to impose furloughs and layoffs on them. This only adds insult to the injury of dramatically lower pay than their medical center colleagues.
UC’s new chief negotiator with our HX team came attempting to bully our team but is being pushed back by the superb and numerous presentations from dedicated HX activists that have attended bargaining.
Administrative Professional Organizing
Many administrative professionals are taking the brunt of Yudof’s furlough and layoff solution. Without a union contract, administrative professionals are at the whim of the Office of the President’s downsizing campaign.
Now is the time for us to move aggressively in building a union with our administrative professionals. We saw from the walkouts on September 24 that working together has a much greater impact than working on your own. Have your co-workers sign a commitment card. Sign-up for training on how to talk to them about building a union. Let’s seize the opportunity.
Last issue's winner was Christina Gonzaga of UCSF. Congratulations!
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