Union Builder Communicator: September 07, 2016
UPTE Retiree Health Benefits Survey: Costs Skyrocket When You Retire
Our survey of UPTE members revealed what we feared. When you retire, your costs will go way up even though you are now on a fixed pension income.

If you are under 65 as a retiree, your benefits costs will be nearly four times as much as when you were working. If you are over 65 your cost will be more than double!

Of course, there are also many who have no benefits at all from UC. If you are under 65 and are not eligible for UC benefits, you will be uninsured until you become eligible for Medicare at age 65.
These shocking cost increases underscore our need to find a solution for both the affordability and funding of retiree health care. These costs will continue to escalate faster than our wages, UC’s budget, inflation and most any other measure of growth. That means this challenge will only become more pressing.

Through our bargaining and additional discussions with UC, UPTE has set a goal to improve this grim situation and even grimmer prognosis.

Zone Contact Webinar
Important Information from UPTE for Activists Like You

Sign up for our next webinar on Wednesday, September 14 at either noon or 7PM. You can connect by computer, phone or tablet. We recommend the computer connection so that you can see the visual presentation as well as the audio.

This webinar will cover:
  • training opportunities
  • bargaining survey
  • administrative professional organizing

The webinar moderated by UPTE President Jelger Kalmijn will be live interactive with opportunities for questions over the audio or “chatting.”

Zone contact webinar: Wednesday, September 14 at noon or 7PM--sign up here.
Help Stop the Billionaire Tax Break in Congress
(from CWA, our national union)

A hedge fund manager in Chicago gets paid $4 million per day and pays a lower tax rate than average working families. Why? Because of something called the "carried interest loophole."

It's totally unfair, and it's time to end it once and for all.

Too many members of Congress hear more from lobbyists and wealthy contributors than they hear from the working people they represent. As a result bad policies like the carried interest loophole help Wall Street billionaires get richer and richer while the rest of us struggle to get back on our feet.

Support for ending the carried interest loophole is growing.

Legislators from both parties know that special treatment for the super rich isn't acceptable to the vast majority of voters. And closing the loophole could save us $1.8 billion - money we could use to rebuild our bridges and highways or make college more affordable.

Call your representative today by dialing 1-888-701-5230 and you will be connected.

Support UPTE Adjunct Faculty Members
Urge Governor Brown to sign SB 1379 (previously AB 1690). This bill will force community college districts to establish criteria for job security for adjunct faculty. More than half of community college districts in the state provide absolutely no guarantee of employment from semester to semester even after decades of teaching.

You can send the template letter and add your own comments automatically from the UPTE legislative action page.

This e-publication was prepared by UPTE-CWA President Jelger Kalmijn. Contact him if you have any questions or comments.
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