RX/TX Bargaining Report #5
UC San Francisco (February 21-22, 2013)

Continued negotiations for the TX and RX units took place at the UCSF Mission Bay campus on February 21, 2013 and at UCOP in Oakland on February 22, 2013. Many members came to the San Francisco session to express their concerns about the changes in the retiree health benefits and the impact that delayed retirement would have on them. A large number of the speakers were people in physically demanding jobs who won't be able to make it to 65 years before retiring. More than one member mentioned how the benefits that they were told they would get played a major part in choosing to work for UC and they felt let down by the fact that the university was trying to take some of those benefits away. Two members who were hired on at the same lab at the same time, do the same work and have the same title discussed how unfair they thought it was that the one of them would get the current retiree health benefit while the other wouldn't due to a small difference in their ages.

The university's chief bargainer explained to an Animal Tech that the 2013 tier for retiree health care isn't really such a big deal since younger people like herself and the member in question would have more time to plan for the extra expense. The member countered that it wasn’t the same for lower wageworkers such as herself and others in UPTE. It was feasible for higher salaried people to save a little more, not them. She said that planning for such an expense wasn't an option when having to support herself and her children on the salary that she has.

Another member discussed how she has already maxed out the number of salary steps in her class and has nowhere else to go and thus is looking at having the same salary for the rest of her career barring the occasional cost of living increase. 

The university also passed some proposals indicating that they want to take away the reduced severance that laid off employees now get when they choose to be put on the list for preferential re-hire. UC also wants to limit the amount of time union members can take off on release time to work for the union and give themselves the option of extending leaves beyond 3 years. This essentially would gut UPTE’s ability to determine how long our union leadership can remain working for our members. UC has also made proposals that would make reasonable accommodation at UC’s discretion in determining what is a hardship to the UC might be. UC also wants to eliminate meetings between UC and UPTE regarding parking issues. And, UC wants to eliminate the current automatic reclass notifications for SRA I to a SRA II position.

Our next bargaining sessions will be in Santa Barbara from March 6-8, 2013. As always, members are encouraged to come and observe the process or make a presentation. If you have any questions about the process or coming to a bargaining session feel free to contact our chief bargainer or your campuses bargaining team member(s).

Your bargaining team:
Wendi Felson, UCSF (ret.), Chief Negotiator
Jim Hockridge, Principle Television Technician (TX), Berkeley
Paul Brooks, Spectroscopist (RX), Berkeley
Karen Galbreath, Animal Health Technician (TX), Davis
Vanessa Bakula, Staff Research Associate (RX), Davis
Mike Dupray, Principal Radiation Control Technician (TX), LBNL
Mike Fehr, Computer Resource Specialist (TX), Los Angeles
Jie Luo, Staff Research Associate (RX), Los Angeles
Tonya Greene-Tucker, Clinical Research Coordinator (RX), San Diego
Jimmy Leo-Castillo, Principal Electronics Technician (TX), San Diego  
Paul Phojanakong, Laboratory Assistant (TX), San Francisco
Elisa Cleveland, Staff Research Associate (RX), San Francisco
Damion Miller, Principal Electronics Technician (TX), Santa Barbara
Erik Kovacs, Principle Telescope Technician (TX), Santa Cruz 
Erik Lawrence, Seniour Wardrobe Technician (TX), Irvine
Jimmy Leo-Castillo, Principal Electronics Technician (TX), San Diego