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About UPTE

University Professional and Technical Employees, CWA 9119, is the union of technical and professional employees at the University of California. Over 16,000 UC employees are covered by UPTE-CWA contracts.

UPTE was founded in 1990 by a group of employees who believed that UC workers would benefit from a union to safeguard and expand our rights. In 1993, UPTE members voted to affiliate with the Communications Workers of America, a 700,000-member union in the AFL-CIO, to better represent our members. 

In 1994, UC’s 4,000 technical employees voted for UPTE representation. In 1996, 3,700 research professionals joined them, and in 1997, 2,000 health care professionals followed suit. There are now UPTE locals at all UC campuses, labs and medical centers. 

Adjunct faculty at three California community colleges and skilled trades workers at the Lawrence Livermore National Lab are also covered by UPTE contracts. Members of all units elect bargaining committees to negotiate union contracts, engage in actions to support bargaining, provide assistance to members with problems, and participate in UPTE leadership.

More groups of UC employees are organizing with UPTE-CWA to gain a voice on the job, including student services professionals and IT workers. The union also regularly petitions the state’s labor board to add new job titles to its units as their duties evolve. Employees at Los Alamos National Lab in New Mexico have built an UPTE chapter, and the Society of Professionals, Scientists and Engineers at Lawrence Livermore National Lab is also affiliated with UPTE. Both locals work to make sure employees at Department of Energy facilities have a voice on the job. 

UPTE is a democratic, member-run union made up entirely of the workers it represents. Decisions are made by UPTE members and their elected representatives. We invite you to join us!

Essential UPTE documents and information:

About CWA

CWA stands for the Communications Workers of America, a growing union with about 650,000 members nationally. UPTE affiliated with CWA in 1993, and receives assistance from CWA with organizing, bargaining, and legislative issues. UPTE is part of CWA’s District 9, which has over 60,000 members in California, Nevada and Hawaii.

Most people know CWA as a telecommunications union because it represents employees at SBC/Pacific Bell, AT&T and other big telecom companies. But CWA also represents many other workers, especially college and university employees, newspaper, radio and television journalists, and technical workers of all kinds. For more information,go to CWA’s web site.

UPTE Constitution

Constitution for University Professional & Technical Employees, CWA Local 9119 
Amended January, 2018

Article I: Name

Article II: Affiliations

Article III: Objectives

Article IV: Membership and Dues

Article V: Meetings and Conventions

Article VI: Officers and Elections

Article VII: Duties of Offices and Executive Board

Article VIII: Subordinate Bodies

Article IX: Bargaining Conference

Article X: Strikes

Article XI: Referendum

Article XII: Retired Members 

Article XIII: Miscellaneous Provisions

Article XIV: Amendments

Article XV: Bylaws

Appendix A: Model Campus Local Constitution

Appendix B: Election Code 

The complete UPTE-CWA 9119 Constitution as well as Appendix A and Appendix B can be downloaded as Rich Text Format (rtf) files.

UPTE Conventions

2019 UPTE-CWA Convention:

2017 UPTE-CWA Convention:

UPTE Press Releases

Understaffing and employee turnover endanger patient safety in UC health care operation (04-06-18)

A Return to Tuition Free College For All Can Happen with the $66 Fix (03-13-18)

Under-staffing and employee turnover endanger patient safety in UC health care operations (02-21-18)

AB 848 Press Release: AB 848 Passes, Signed By Governor (10-16-15)

SPSE-UPTE Urges LLNS Management to Put 2008 Layoffs Behind by Paying $37.25 Million to Those Wrongfully Terminated Without Cutting Programmatic Budgets or More Layoffs (10-06-15)

UPTE-CWA 9119 calls on UC Regents to lower student fees if state commits to reinvest in higher education (11-18-14)

Livermore Livermore lab employees consider strike, after management refuses to bargain in good faith over health and safety, pay and pension (10-28-14)

UPTE-CWA members in three bargaining units voted overwhelmingly to ratify historic agreement with UC (12-20-13)

Historic labor agreement at UC on wages, single-tier pension for UPTE-represented employees (12-15-13)

Union Dedicates Contract to Deceased Lab Worker; UC Refuses to Publish Dedication (03-05-12)

Coalition of Family Members and Labor Urge LA District Attorney to Prosecute UCLA Lab Death (01-26-12)

University of California union members join statewide Refund California actions this Wednesday (11-08-11)

UC’s 2500 health care professionals ratify wage increases of 4% plus (11-02-10)

UC employees conduct citizens arrest of President Yudof for his plan to “steal from the poor, give to the rich” (09-16-10)

University of California Health Care Professional Vote For Strike Authorization (06-01-10)

UPTE-CWA and University of California Settle Contract for 10,000 Technical and Research Workers (03-24-10)

Grant Revenue Up Dramatically as UC Rejects Proposals to Increase Salaries and Improve Benefits (12-15-09)

UC unions, students and faculty protest the regents’ destruction of public higher education(11-17-09)

Thousands of UC staff, students and faculty to strike, walkout on first day of classes (09-21-09)

UC Employees Overwhelmingly Reject President Mark Yudof (09-03-09)

While furloughing employees to save $184 million, UC lends the state nearly $200 million in order to continue its campus construction projects (08-06-09)

UC regents award huge pay increases to execs while furloughing staff (07-23-09)

SF Mayor Newsom Honors Picket Line at UCSF Mission Bay Campus to Show Support for UC employees (07-15-09)

UC employees, students join state Senator Leland Yee to protest President Yudof’s proposals, offer alternatives at regents’ meeting (07-24-09)

Employees and students confront UC president on executive pay increases with “wall of shame” in Walnut Creek tonight (04-02-09)

UC Berkeley employees protest raises to UC executives awarded last week at regents’ meeting; call for hiring freeze on UC administrators earning over $200,000 (03-24-09)

UC researchers and techs to picket at all 10 campuses over poverty wages, stalled contract negotiations (03-14-09)

UC staff, students to protest at regents’ meeting, demand greater scrutiny for taxpayer monies (02-02-09)