UC President Yudof attempts to negotiate pay cuts, layoffs and furloughs directly with members and bypass union: Knowing our determined opposition to the unnecessary and harmful proposed cuts, Yudof put out emails and a YouTube video directly dealing with our members on how to impose his austerity plan. He directed the chancellors to hold town hall meetings and solicit input on which kind of cuts staff and faculty preferred. At the same he instructed his bargainers to pull the current wage offer off the table. This is a flagrant abuse of the bargaining process. Yudof must respect the fact that we have chosen to work together as a union. He cannot impose these cuts on unionized employees unilaterally or bypass the bargaining process. This charge was filed as an amendment to our previous charge about canceling bargaining session and refusal to make proposals.
UC unilaterally changed health benefits rates for 100's: UC illegally and dramatically increased the health benefits premiums in January 2009 in two ways. First, UC reassessed what pay band employees are in and increased their premiums by as much as 50% if they moved from one pay band to the next. This usually occurred if your salary went from below $46,000/yr in 2007 to over $46,000 in 2008. Second, UC is falsely advertising what the rates are for the Blue Cross insurance costing many $100's in unexpected premium increases every month. UPTE demands that UC pay these premium increases back retroactively to when they began.
Unilateral changes of parking and transportation rates: The University increased van pool rates and daily parking rates. It also made other changes on July 1, 2008, the day after our contract expired. UC is obligated to bargain about these changes.
- UC canceled many bargaining sessions and refused to offer proposals: UC canceled all or part of 4 bargaining sessions, moved our team around four times when bargaining in Merced and, worst of all, did not give a single counter proposal for ten months.
- Refusal to provide information about pension plan: This charge was originally filed during the pension bargaining two years ago and UC has still not provided key information that we require so that we can bargain fair pension contributions.