UPTE Update: Lynne Sheehan Memorial, Behavioral Health Settlement, and more!

August 17 UPTE Update: Lynne Sheehan Memorial, Behavioral Health Settlement, and more!


Lynne Sheehan, Founding UPTE Member,
 Celebration of Life

Lynne Sheehan, who served UC Santa Cruz for 34 years before her retirement in 2020, passed away on October 16, 2021. After delays due to Covid-19, her family and her colleagues at the Baskin School of Engineering, ITS, UPTE, and UC Santa Cruz Genomics Institute would like to invite friends and former co-workers to a community celebration of her life.

Where: Engineering Courtyard, UCSC

When: Friday September 23, 2022 3:00pm – 6:00pm

Refreshments provided- please RSVP by September 2.

We will set aside 45-60 minutes during the celebration to share our memories of Lynne. If you wish to participate, we ask that you try to restrict your thoughts to under three minutes to give everyone a chance to speak. 1987, ten years before the Baskin School of Engineering was formed. Her first position was as an assistant in the Computer & Information Sciences and Computer Engineering Board of Studies, where she advised undergraduate and graduate students. At the encouragement of UC Santa Cruz faculty, she pursued a career in computing and eventually became Network Administrator for the Baskin School of Engineering.

Lynne was a strong supporter of employee rights and encouraged staff to get involved in campus activities to ensure their voices were heard.  She was also a strong supporter of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Cruz and led a holiday donation drive each year, which raised more than $100,000 through contributions by faculty and staff of the Baskin School of Engineering.

Behavioral Health Clinicians Win 8% In Withheld Raises

We are excited to share that UC has agreed to pay 8% in raises that had been withheld from Behavioral Health Counselors and Psychiatric Professionals since 2021, with full retroactive pay.

Thanks to this victory, titles who join UPTE in the future can expect to receive raises that UPTE has already negotiated as we bargain pay scales and other title-specific issues.

This agreement was in response to an Unfair Labor Practice charge filed by UPTE, as well as the advocacy of Behavioral Health Clinicians during our bargaining with UC and in meetings and other actions at our campuses.

UPTE’s Behavioral Health Bargaining Team continues to advocate for pay equity with other Mental Health Clinicians who perform comparable work, with the same education requirements.

Climate Change Survey Reminder

If you haven’t already, please participate in our annual 15-question survey on climate change.

We want to hear from you about what you think our union should do to protect our members, families, and communities.

Click here to fill out the survey and you will be eligible to win 1 of 10 $25 gift certificates!

Brianna McGuire and Susan Orlofsky, UPTE Green New Deal Committee Chairs

Mental Health Workers at Kaiser on Strike

On Tuesday, more than 2,000 of Kaiser’s licensed therapists in Northern California, represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers, announced plans to start an open-ended, or indefinite, strike on Aug. 15, demanding better working conditions and care for their patients. The news comes after a year of contract negotiations in which Kaiser rejected proposals to increase staffing and improve access to care.

Bay Area therapists to join huge Kaiser Permanente strike – SF Gate

Kaiser strike begins: California behavioral health staff walk out over pay, workload – Sac Bee