Coronavirus Communications

UPTE Coronavirus Communications

Press Release & Conference: COVID-19 Recovery. Austerity Not Necessary at University of California
COVID-19 Leave Summary
Safety Over Profits! Protect All UC Workers Now!
April 30 Town Hall
COVID-19 Update: Good News but More Work Ahead
UC IT Systemwide Update
Help Us All Stay Safe! Take Our Location Survey
FAQs about COVID-19 & Paid Administrative Leave
BTSA Systemwide Update
Tell President Trump: Use the National Defense Production Act to Protect Our Workers Now
March 26 COVID-19 Town Hall Invite
March 23 COVID-19 Update for UPTE Members
Calling All UC Theatrical Technicians!
UC is Providing Pay
About COVID-19
UPTE Offices Closed Until Further Notice
An Update on COVID-19


May 18, 2020: Press Release & Conference: COVID-19 Recovery. Austerity Not Necessary at University of California

New Research: COVID-19 Austerity Not Necessary at University of California

Workers and Students Contend UC is well positioned to lead California recovery, and will Present Findings of UC Financial Review in Tuesday Zoom Conference

Oakland, CA — Despite recently proposed state funding cuts and pandemic related economic uncertainties going into the fall 2020 semester, researchers believe that the University of California will not need to pursue the kind of austerity measures that would necessitate near term staffing cuts or tuition hikes.

The research findings come from an exhaustive review of the University’s extensive financial holdings, and will be presented via statewide zoom teleconference on Tuesday at 10:00 a.m.—just hours before the UC Board of Regents begin their own deliberations on the economic fallout from COVID-19.

“As the third largest employer in the world’s fifth largest economy, and a lifeline of opportunity for the vulnerable populations that have been most adversely impacted by COVID-19 already, what happens at UC over the next few months will have far reaching consequences,” said AFSCME 3299 Research Director Claudia Preparata.

“While the University of California’s finances are notoriously opaque, our research finds that UC is remarkably well-positioned to not only withstand the near term fiscal disruption associated with COVID-19 and lead California’s recovery, but to avoid austerity measures that would devastate low-income students and tens of thousands of essential frontline workers.”

In presenting the research findings on Tuesday, Preparata will be joined by a coalition of employee union leaders from across the University of California, including the Council of UC Faculty Associations (CUCFA), UC-AFT, Teamsters Local 2010, UAW Local 5810, SEIU Committee of Interns and Residents, UPTE-CWA Local 9119, and the California Nurses Association.

Information for accessing Tuesday’s research presentation is as follows:

What: Instead of Austerity—How UC is Positioned to Lead California’s Economic Recovery

When: Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 10:00 A.M.

Where: LIVE on Facebook at 10AM (click here to view at 10AM May 19)

“This is an extraordinarily challenging time for the UC community, California and our nation,” coalition members said in a statement. “Even as we all continue the work of advocating for additional state and federal support for COVID-19 related impacts on this vital institution, the data makes clear that the University has both the responsibility and capability to lead our recovery.”

Across its ten campuses, five Medical Centers, and numerous research laboratories and other facilities, the University of California employs 227,000 workers and serves 285,000 students each year. At least two UC staff members are known to have died from COVID-19.


May 6, 2020: COVID-19 Leave Summary

Did you know there are different options to protect your pay in these challenging times? Do you know what they are? How they may or may not apply to you? We have tried to summarize them for you here to help answer some of your questions. 

It is the intention of the university to have employees work to the fullest extent possible, whether onsite or remotely. If you aren’t able to work remotely, the university will look to find alternate work. If they find work within the scope of your job, you will be required to work unless you have a valid reason to refuse. If you are a career employee and have issues with what is asked of you, reach out to UPTE as refusal may result in loss of qualification for administrative leaves.

Career employees who are unable to work – either remotely or in person – will continue to be paid their normal salary through June 30th via the emergency leave options described below. These must be used in the following order.

  • Paid Administrative Leave, EPSL, and EFMLA
  • Up to 40 hours of accrued vacation, PTO, or CTO
  • Pay Continuation

Types of Leaves

1. UC Paid Administrative Leave

  • This was created by executive order from the president of UC
  • 128 hours, prorated by appointment
  • Available to all employees, including per diem or limited appointment
    • Hours for per diem and limited appointments granted based on averaging the last two months hours worked 
    • This is the ONLY leave that is available to Non-Career employees
  • Like any other leave, exempt employees must take in whole day increments, hourly employees can take partial days off
  • Can be used intermittently
  • Available for use when:
    • The employee becomes ill with COVID 19 or caring for a family member who’s ill
    • When the worksite is closed and you are unable to work remotely
    • To care for your child(ren) when the school or daycare is closed and you aren’t able to work remotely at the same time as caring for your child(ren)
    • Childcare release is dependent on ability to continue “essential services” of the university, in other words it is dependent on staffing needs and departmental approval


  1. Families First Coronavirus Recover Act (FFCRA). Emergency Paid Sick Leave (EPSL)
  • This is a federally issued leave
  • 80 hours for full time employees, prorated for part time
  • Must be used in a single, consecutive block
  • Available for use by any employee when: 
    • The employee becomes ill with COVID 19 or caring for a family member who’s ill
    • Quarantine or isolation and it prevents the employee from being able to work aka the work cannot be done remotely
    • Self quarantine by physician order
    • For childcare/school closure EXCEPT FOR HEALTHCARE WORKERS. We will explain who the University defined as a healthcare worker after defining the leaves.

3. FFCRA Expanded Family Medical Leave Act (EFMLA)

  • This is also a federally issued leave
  • Up to 12 weeks for ELIGIBLE employees
  • Must be on payroll for 30 calendar days prior to leave to be eligible (standard FMLA requires 12 months and 1250 hours to be eligible)
  • First two weeks are unpaid but you can draw on your own leave balances, Paid Administrative Leave from the bank of 128 hours, or the EPSL described above
  • HEALTHCARE WORKERS are not eligible for EFMLA
  • Must be take in 2 week blocks minimum per occurrence, up to a maximum of 12 weeks 
  • Available for use by an employee to care for children when your childcare or school are closed and you can’t work remotely
  • Usage of FMLA previously in 2020 will count against EFLMA. An employee is entitled to a total of 12 weeks, whether for FMLA or EFMLA, in 2020.

4. Pay Continuation

  • On April 2, President Napolitano committed to continuing pay for all career employees through June 30, 2020
  • You must be a current career staff
  • You must not be able to work remotely (telecommute) or be redeployed in any other capacity
  • Once all other available leaves have been exhausted, including the initial 128 hours as well as any federal leaves for which an employee is eligible, an employee is required to use a week of vacation, CTO or PTO, but not sick time. If you don’t have a week of vacation/CTO/PTO in your bank, you need to exhaust what you have.
  • You cannot take the leave without pay but you will continue to accrue vacation while on pay continuation
  • Once the leaves and week of vacation have been used, the university will continue to pay you through June 30 at your appointment
  • To be clear, it doesn’t matter if the university has worked you above your appointment. They will only continue to pay at your official appointment rate.
  • Pay continuation can end prior to June 30 for appointments that expire prior to that date, for employees who have their hours reduced or are typically furloughed during the summer, or are paid on grants that expire prior to June 30 



Childcare and school closures have affected many employees. What options are open to me to care for my child(ren) with the schools and daycares closed? 

  • Paid administrative leave is available for all  if there is no other suitable person to care for the child
  • EPSL AND EFLMA are also available for everyone except Healthcare Workers
  • Children must be under 14 years old 
  • If a child is over 14 years old and the shift is during daylight hours, the special circumstances requiring care may need to be explained
  • If the child is over 18 years old, they must be incapable of self care due to mental or physical disability 
  • UC Paid Admin Leave approval is conditional on the university being able to perform essential services. In other words, it requires departmental approval
  • If you qualify for Emergency Paid Sick Leave or Expanded Paid Medical Leave Act, those are not dependent on departmental approval.
  • You can get paid the first two weeks of Expanded Paid Medical Leave by using the two weeks of Emergency Paid Leave, use UC Paid Administrative leave, vacation, CTO or PTO. Any of these leave options would run concurrently with the EFMLA
  • If you are a healthcare worker, you do not qualify for most leave coverage however there is state subsidized child care specifically for essential workers available in your county. UC offers this at many medical centers. 

Who is considered a Healthcare Worker?

  • The federal wrote “healthcare worker” very expansively and left it to the employer to further define
  • The university had defined a healthcare worker as everyone employed at a medical center and the related health professional schools, student health centers, and counseling and psychological services. This includes schools of dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, and the UCLA school of public health.
  • UPTE is seeking clarification on the definition as there are unique cases such as researchers who are on medical school cost centers but not on site and the lab may or may not be functioning

What if I don’t qualify for any federal leave? How will I get paid?

  • You can work remotely; you will be required to do work if it is available
  • If there is no work, and there is no federal leave options, once you have exhausted the initial 128 hours of UC PAL, you will be required to use a week of banked vacation, CTO, or PTO leave (maximum 40 hours) and then you will receive pay at your appointment rate through June 30 on Pay Continuation
  • Your department may reduce your work time but you should continue to receive full pay, up to your appointment, through June 30.

Will UC health benefits continue for employees on any of these paid leaves?

Yes, employees will continue to have any existing health benefits while on paid leave.

If I am on one of the paid leaves related to COVID-19, will I continue to accrue service credit for retirement and continue to accrue vacation and sick leave, if applicable?

Yes, employees on paid leave will continue to accrue vacation and sick leave, as well as service credit for purposes of the UC retirement plan, as they normally would while on pay status.

Click here for the University’s Summary of Covid-19 Related Paid Leave


May 6, 2020: Safety Over Profits! Protect All UC Workers Now!

Click here to download our complete flyer!

April 27, 2020: April 30 Town Hall

  • Paid Administrative Leave
  • Federal CARES Act
  • Extended FML
  • Extended Administrative Leave  

What do they all mean? How do they work? 

More importantly, I can’t work. How will I be paid?!?

If you have questions about the various leaves and how they can be used, tune in!

Time: Apr 30, 2020 06:00PM-7:00PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Email questions beforehand to to RSVP and get the Zoom meeting information as well as answers beforehand. You must be an UPTE member to join in our Zoom meeting! Click here to join if you are not yet a member!


April 15, 2020: Good News but More Work Ahead

We have important news that clarifies UC’s earlier statements about job security through June 30th:

  • All career staff will continue to receive their regular pay and benefits, with the caveat that those unable to do their regular work may be offered alternate work. If work is offered that you are able to perform and is refused, you may not be eligible for continued pay. Please contact us with any concerns about alternate work offered.
  • Those who exhaust the previously-announced 128-hours (or part-time equivalent) of Administrative Leave will have to use Emergency Paid Sick Leave (80 hours or part-time equivalent), Expanded Family and Medical Leave (12 weeks, first 2 unpaid), and then use up to 40 hours of accrued vacation, CTO, or PTO before continuing to receive Paid Administrative Leave
  • There will be no COVID-19 related layoffs of career staff through June 30th.

Other important victories we have fought for during this crisis:

  • 128 hours of Paid Administrative leave, prorated to your appointment
  • Paid Administrative leave prorated for Per Diems and Limited Appointments
  • Telecommuting opportunities for many staff initially refused accommodations
  • Free parking for staff still required to work on site at UCSF, UCD, UCLA and UCI.

Where the fight continues:

  • Follow CalOSHA standards for PPE instead of the dumbed down version from the CDC
  • Hazard Pay when you are still required to work on site and not shelter in place
  • Compliance and implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act and Expanded Family and Medical Leave Act
  • Continue to push for job and benefit protections past June 30

While the extension of administrative leave provides much needed reassurance for the next two months we need to use this time to prepare for what will happen in July and beyond. The likelihood of an economic crisis means that we need to organize to avoid cuts to public research, education, and healthcare. Stay tuned for next steps.

UPTE and other progressive unions are organizing for an aggressive response that prioritizes the needs of working families. Senator Bernie Sanders and the Congressional Progressive Caucus continue to demand a more aggressive, pro-worker response in Washington.

If you haven’t already, become a contributor to CWA’s Political Action Fund so that we have the resources to support politicians who support us and defeat those who don’t. UPTE dues are not used for political contributions.


April 14, 2020: UC IT Systemwide Update

Greetings Brothers and Sisters,

We are on our 4th weekly UC IT Systemwide Check-in. We discuss current working conditions for UC IT Professionals. Here are some of the concerns that we have been discussing and addressing:
  • PPE availability for IT
  • Work load (increase / decrease)
  • Self development opportunities
  • VoIP versus personal cell phone usage for work
  • Possible layoffs in the future 
If you are a current union member and would like to participate in this week’s zoom meeting, please RSVP to
If you are not a union member, you can sign up by clicking here
To read additional information on COVID-19 you can find it at your union’s website:


April 8, 2020: Help Us All Stay Safe! Take Our Location Survey

As we face unprecedented circumstances with the COVID-19 (“novel coronavirus”) pandemic, it’s more important than ever that we look out for each other’s health and safety. Unfortunately, as many as 50% of University employees’ information is missing or incomplete, and that’s why we’re reaching out to you today. Having accurate and updated location and contact information is essential to assisting members like you in a variety of situations.

Will you complete our short location and contact survey today?

We are currently meeting with University officials from the Office of the President to coordinate an effective pandemic response that prioritizes our health, safety, and job security, and it’s essential that UPTE members’ concerns can reach the highest levels.

Please reach out to us if you have a concern related to COVID-19 at and at for all other inquiries. You can also find contact information for your UPTE local at


March 31, 2020: FAQs about COVID-19 & Paid Administrative Leave

Click here for the full FAQ.


March 30, 2020: BTSA Systemwide Update


We had our first BTSA systemwide check-in on 3/26/20 to discuss changing working conditions at different campuses. We had BTSAs from UC Davis, Berkeley, San Francisco, San Diego and Riverside. 

Here are some of the concerns that we spoke about:

  • PPE for BTSAs that are working in med centers and on campus. (BTSAs should be allowed to wear PPE when they feel they need to. There is a PPE shortage.)
  • The need for ergonomic workstation at home office (chair, desk, etc)
  • Implementing “on-call” for critical support onsite visits (how we can reduce the need to have an Analyst onsite for long periods of time.)
  • Creating an Emergency Support Group for IT onsite support
  • Taking on additional job duties as coworkers have self-identified as high risk for coronavirus and not able to work on campus or med centers. More analysts are using Slack to communicate
  • Being productive from home (what works and what doesn’t)
  • Ticket routing and workload (how we are managing)
  • Continuing our weekly system wide check-ins
  • Growing our group of BTSA union members to address concerns

This is a great opportunity to learn what your coworkers are going through at their respective campus and medical center. We would like to hear from you. If you would like to participate in next week’s Zoom meeting, please send an email to Bobby Godinez at or call/text (619) 807-9969.

We are also planning on having Zoom meetings for each specific campus/med center in the weeks to come so look out for an invite for your specific campus and RSVP.

UPTE has put together an informational page for Covid-19 on their website:

Your membership counts! We need to unite together to make sure UC addresses our concerns and safety in this changing environment. You can sign up to become a member by clicking here.


March 26, 2020: Use the National Defense Production Act to Protect Our Workers Now

Our healthcare workers are on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis, but our facilities are suffering from criminal shortages of N95 respirators, surgical masks, protective gowns, latex gloves and other protective equipment. This is a national emergency and our lives are endangered as we work to save those caught in the wave of infections.

The President has the power to make a difference by using the National Defense Production Act to its fullest extent to ensure that healthcare workers get the materials they need – sign the petition now to tell the President that we need action and leadership NOW:

March 26, 2020: COVID-19 Town Hall Invite

The past several weeks have seen huge shocks to our work and to the economy from the COVID-19 (“novel coronavirus”) pandemic. Many of us perform front-line, essential work responding to the crisis or supporting vital public institutions that serve our communities, our state, and the country. We have to ensure that our work and our health is protected while we rise to the challenge of this crisis.

Please join us for a telephone town hall call tomorrow evening so that we can share the latest developments from our communication with all of our employers. We are pushing for maintaining the highest standards for health and safety, continuity of pay, and enforcing the terms of our contracts. We will also answer your questions as well as share steps that each of us can take to directly support an effective response to the crisis.

Thursday, March 26th at 7 PM Pacific
Dial-in number: (978) 990-5000
Access code: 522612

Please send us your questions (email in advance of the call. This helps us to finalize our Frequently Asked Questions resource sheet for all members.

These virtual meetings are open to UPTE members in good standing.  Encourage your coworkers to join UPTE today and participate in the benefits of a strong union of workers standing together – even when we’re sheltering apart.


March 23, 2020: COVID-19 Update for all UPTE Members

Amid ongoing concerns about COVID-19 (coronavirus), UPTE is closely monitoring the latest reports from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO) as well as The California State Public Health Officer and Director of the California Department of Public Health. All Californians are now indefinitely required to stay home except for essential workers – an important step in making sure the COVID-19 crisis is brought under control as quickly as possible. 

As circumstances continue to develop, UPTE’s top priority is keeping our members, families, and communities safe and secure in this difficult time. We want to assure you that UPTE is communicating regularly and bargaining the effects of the pandemic with the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) regarding best practices to keep our union family safe and our community secure. We have focused on:

  • Healthcare workers like our members have the Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) they need to avoid contracting the virus
  • Members not performing critical work are not required to come to work, which risks spreading the virus unnecessarily
  • Members who can’t work because of curtailment of UC operations are being allowed to use the paid leave that UC has granted

If you are being asked to come to campus but aren’t doing critical work, or are being denied use of paid leave, please contact us at immediately.

If you are being asked to work with PPE that doesn’t meet the Cal OSHA standardsplease send us a picture and explanation that we can use for social media.

Demand the Senate Put Workers First!

The COVID-19 response bill being pushed by Senate Republicans is a monumental failure. Shameless politicians are using this pandemic to give handouts to their corporate and Wall Street friends while leaving workers to fend for themselves.

Senate Democrats are pushing back against this corporate giveaway to insist on a bill that will make sure that the money goes to those who need it most – the people whose paychecks are at risk during this crisis.

Any legislation passed by Congress should require companies that receive federal relief funds to keep people on payroll. It also must make sure that companies who face bankruptcy do not use that as an excuse to do an end run around the protections union members have bargained in their contracts.

The bottom line is the Senate Republican COVID-19 bill is a security blanket for corporate executives and Wall Street. Any bill the Senate passes must put working people first. Click here to call now or dial: 1-866-937-7983

Tell the person who answers the phone:

Any coronavirus relief bill must include requirements that companies use the funds to keep employees on payroll and protections for workers’ contracts in bankruptcy.

Many of you are on the front lines – going to work every day to provide critical services during this crisis. Congress must give workers the support they need. Call your Senators now: 1-866-937-7983

At this time, UPTE staff are working remotely. Our local staff and officers will respond to all inquiries ASAP but there may be a delay.

We hope you, and all of our family, remain safe and healthy.


March 23, 2020: Calling All UC Theatrical Technicians!

Please read on for a crucial request and an update on how the University’s paid leave policy may help you in this challenging moment.

First, support our Sisters, Brothers and Friends throughout the performing arts and entertainment industries by signing this petition telling Congress that displaced entertainment workers must be included in COVID–19 (coronavirus) relief legislation. Across our country, performing arts facilities are going dark in efforts to slow the spread of the virus, which has already had a devastating impact on those in our line of work. In this unprecedented moment we must show our support for all working people, but especially the very hard-working technicians of the entertainment industry who, due to the nature of our field of work, are uniquely impacted.

The Families First Coronavirus Response Act (H.R. 6201, signed into law last week) will help many people across the country. However, these benefits often don’t apply to displaced entertainment workers because of the requirements for days worked on a job to qualify. We must ask Congress to go further and to cover workers who often work on a contract basis for multiple employers.


Second, UPTE has secured paid administrative leave to help soften the financial blows of California’s statewide shelter-in-place order. The Executive Order authorized by Janet Napolitano on March 16th grants up to 16 days of paid administrative leave for employees unable to work for COVID-19 related reasons. Per Diem and variable appointment employees can also get a pro-rated share of paid leave due to loss of work; please read on to see how you can qualify:

“On a one time and non-precedent setting basis, the University will determine the pro rata entitlement to paid administrative leave (under Executive Order 3/16/2020) for per diem and variable percentage appointees covered by other appointment types pursuant to a formula based on the actual time worked in accordance with the table below reflecting a two (2) month period.

Pay Cycles Pay Period Covering:
Bi-Weekly January 12, 2020 through January 25, 2020

January 26, 2020 through February 8, 2020

February 9, 2020 through February 22, 2020

February 23, 2020 through March 7, 2020

Monthly January 1, 2020 through January 31, 2020

February 1, 2020 through February 29, 2020

For employees with fixed schedules, the pro rata entitlement will be calculated based on their appointment percentage.”

For more information on receiving your paid administrative leave please contact your local Steward, Office, or Leadership Development Coordinator.


March 16, 2020: UC is Providing Pay – Executive Order by Napolitano

University of California
Executive Order
March 16, 2020


Background and Findings

As of this date, the world is facing a severe health crisis in which COVID-19, a new respiratory illness caused by a novel coronavirus, places millions of people at risk of serious illness or death. The World Health Organization has declared that the disease is a pandemic.

Declarations of Emergency have been issued by the President of the United States, the Governor of California, and many California counties and other local jurisdictions, including many of the jurisdictions where the University of California maintains campuses or other significant operations.

In the United States, where the virus was detected only weeks ago, several thousand people have already been stricken ill by the disease. The disease is spreading rapidly in our communities and, accordingly, protecting the capacity of our health care systems is imperative.

Many governmental offices, school districts and universities, and private businesses have suspended in-person operations and/or directed employees to work remotely in an effort to slow the spread of the disease, and to conserve our limited health resources. The Governor of California has called for bars, wineries and nightclubs to temporarily cease operation and for restaurants to reduce capacity by 50% in order to allow for social distancing.

Health officials have placed a limit on mass gatherings and have restricted and/or advised against all travel except that which is deemed essential.
The University of California holds as its highest priority the health, safety and wellbeing of its students, faculty, clinicians, administrators and employees, and all other members of its communities.

The University holds as an additional priority the effective functioning of its health systems, which will serve as critical state assets in the state’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and must be able to maintain sufficient staffing resources to meet operational needs.

As President of the University, I have concluded that critical steps must be taken to limit the exposure of members of our community to the disease within our community, to care for those who have fallen ill or otherwise been exposed, and to assure the continued functioning of critical operations, including most particularly the health systems that we will rely on to meet the challenge posed by COVID-19.

Executive Order

On the authority vested in me by Bylaw 30, Bylaw 22.1, Regents Policy 1500 and Standing Order 100.4(ee), and based on the foregoing circumstances, I hereby issue the following order, to be effective for the period March 1, 2020 through December 31, 2020, and direct the following:

On March 9, 2020, the University authorized a grant of up to 14 days of paid administrative leave for employees unable to work for COVID-19 related reasons. In order to address the extraordinary demands placed on our employees in seeking and providing health care for COVID-19, and otherwise responding to this pandemic, that guidance shall be modified as follows:

  • All employees shall be eligible to receive a one-time allotment of up to 128 hours of paid administrative leave, subject to the following conditions:
    • ​All hours must be used by December 31, 2020, or the allotment shall expire;
    • The hours may be used at any time during the period of this Executive Order, including intermittently, either before or after the use of any accrued leave or other paid leave, at the request of the employee, in consultation with the supervisor, provided that such use shall not adversely affect the delivery of essential university services, including in particular, the clinical services delivered by UC Health;
    • The number of hours for employees who work less than full-time shall be prorated according to the percent of the appointment;
    • Exempt employees who do not accrue sick or vacation leave are eligible for the one-time allotment of the paid administrative leave.
    • The paid administrative leave hours may only be used for the following purposes:
      • When an employee is unable to work due to the employee’s own COVID-19-related illness or that of a family member;
      • When an employee is unable to work because the employee has been directed not to come to the worksite for COVID-19-related reasons and/or the work site has implemented a COVID-19-related remote-work program or is under a shelter in place order and it is not operationally feasible for the employee to work remotely;
      • When an employee is unable to work because a COVID-19-related school or daycare closure requires the employee to be at home with a child or dependent, and it is not operationally feasible for the employee to work remotely or in conjunction with the childcare commitment.

All University policies contrary to the provisions of this Executive Order, except those adopted by the Regents, shall be suspended to the extent of the conflict, during the period of this Order.

The Vice President – Systemwide Human Resources and the Vice Provost – Academic Personnel and Programs shall have the authority to issue further guidance about the parameters and use of this paid administrative leave, in consultation with the Executive Vice President – UC Health.

Janet A. Napolitano

Click here for the full PDF.


March 16, 2020: About COVID-19

The World Health Organization had declared COVID-19 a pandemic and the situation continues to change and develop day by day. UPTE is monitoring the situation closely and has been working closely with the College on changes in work and policy to minimize impact on members as much as possible in these challenging days. 

Here’s what you need to know:

UPTE is working with the college leadership to minimize the effects of this virus on you and your coworkers. We are deeply concerned that the college provide the necessary support on campus to staff and students in light of the health hazards and imminent risk posed by COVID-19. Most classes are moving online. If you need assistance, contact UPTE.

The State of California has modified the rules for unemployment and under employment to remove the wait time for benefits to help if needed.


  • Wash your hands often for a minimum of 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not on hand
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Wash frequently touched hard surfaces such door knobs with disinfectant 
  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet from others when able (social distancing)
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and wash your hands after
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces

Other resources you may find helpful:

Information from the CDC:

California Department of Health: 

For more information about preventing the spread of COVID-19:

OSHA hazard recognition page for the disease:

AFT bulletin on Covid-19 in Higher Education Settings:

California Community Colleges Board:

EDD information related to the coronavirus:


March 16, 2020: UPTE Offices Closed Until Further Notice

UPTE Offices (including the main Systemwide Office) are closed until further notice. This is in the wake of COVID-19.

We will update the main website when our offices are open again and our employees are safely able to return. Until then, feel free to contact us as needed below via email:

General inquiries not related to membership:

Coronavirus Workplace Concerns:

For individual and local campuses please see our Contact Us page.

For membership inquiries, you may call 833-4MY-UPTE; we may not answer until after the Shelter-In-Place provision set up by the government has lapsed – this could be until, before, or after April 7th.


March 16, 2020: An Update on COVID-19

The World Health Organization had declared COVID-19 a pandemic and the situation continues to change and develop day by day. UPTE is monitoring the situation closely and has been working closely with the University on changes in work and policy to minimize impact on members as much as possible in these challenging days. 

Here’s what you need to know:

UPTE has issued a demand to meet with the University and bargain the effects of this virus on you and your coworkers. We are deeply concerned that there is inadequate preparation, training and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for workers to care for patients at the medical centers as well as provide the necessary support on campus to staff, students and research in light of the health hazards and imminent risk posed by COVID-19. Please contact UPTE if you have concerns about lack of measures taken to reduce COVID-19 exposure in your workplace.

The University has released a policy on Paid Leave and Remote Provisions that may answer some questions but is not the final say on leave usage. We are meeting to demand that any workers who are quarantined or sent home from work be placed on paid administrative leave and not be required to use personal leave balances as is the current practice at two medical centers currently, contrary to this policy. 

UC has also encouraged members whose work can be completed remotely to do so. If you believe you can perform your job off site, ask your manager to assist you with getting you set up to work from home. If you encounter any issues or resistence, please contact UPTE.

Also, the State of California had declared workers who need to stay home to care for their children due to school closures would be eligible for Paid Family Leave. While UC employees are not eligible for state leave, we are demanding they mirror the state’s lead and pay a minimum of 14 days paid administrative leave.


  • Wash your hands often for a minimum of 20 seconds
  • Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Clean and disinfect touched hard surfaces such as door knobs with disinfectant 
  • Maintain a distance of 6 feet from others when able (social distancing)
  • Stay home when you are sick
  • Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and wash your hands after
  • Wear a facemask if you are sick

Other resources you may find helpful:

Information from the CDC:

California Department of Health: 

For more information about preventing the spread of COVID-19:

OSHA hazard recognition page for the disease:

AFT bulletin on Covid-19 in Higher Education Settings:

UC’s Comprehensive Guide to COVID-19:

For information on Social Distancing and Why It’s Important: