The tentative agreement we achieved last Friday only becomes a contract after our members approve it with a majority vote. Let's get all our members out to vote! Any employees in the TX/RX/HX bargaining units that are not yet members, can sign up at the polling locations. Bring your co-workers to vote. We also have an absentee voting process (instructions on our website).
This historic agreement preserved quality pensions for all employees and kept the retiree health benefits for all current employees. We have an opportunity to bargain for additional retiree health benefit protections two years into the agreement. The raises in this tentative agreement provide additional pay for all employees, even after additional benefits contributions.
During the voting, we are additionally suggesting that all members sign up to make a monthly contribution to our political action fund (COPE). UPTE-CWA utilizes no dues money for candidate contributions, so we make voluntary contributions. From holding the university financially accountable to advocating for our health and safety, electing legislators that share our principles has a major impact on working lives.
See you and all your co-workers at the polls!
The skilled trades (plumbers, carpenters, electricians, etc) at LLNL have finally received the first wage proposal from management with no raises for the first three years. Management wants to only provide lump sums, erroneously and insultingly claiming that our members are overpaid. Despite this claim, the lab has conceded that it needs to provide raises to match the prevailing wages it is required to pay for larger projects covered by the Davis-Bacon Act. (For background, see the LLNL article in this UPTE Update, page 4.)
Lab negotiators have suddenly become anxious to settle an agreement after months of stalling. Most likely the current budget negotiations in DC, which will determine the funding of the lab, play a big role in management’s urgency. Our members will immediately begin regular weekly pickets and other mobilizing activities.
Last issue's winner was James Kamerdula of .