UPTE UPDATE: UC-AFT on Strike Weds & Thurs!

Please find this week’s UPTE Update below.  

Labor Movement Headlines

‘We’ll Never Be in This Position Again’: Striking Deere Workers Hold Out for Better Deal – Labor Notes
While Kaiser Permanente averts some planned strikes in Sonoma County, other scheduled pickets still threatened – The Press Democrat 
IATSE Contract Ratification Decided by Razor-Thin Vote Margins in Two Guilds – Variety 

Organizing Updates

Associate Faculty at Mt. San Jacinto College – In response to an illegal move to unilaterally implement terms before COVID effects bargaining had been completed, UPTE-represented counselors, with the support of UPTE’s MSJC bargaining team, quickly organized a call-in to the President of the College demanding that they bargain in good faith. Just hours later, MSJC reversed course, retracted their changes and returned to the bargaining table! 

Systems Administrators at UC – UC did not provide the remainder of their initial proposal at our November 15th bargaining session, 4 months after negotiations began and after 4 years of fighting to stop Systems Administrators from winning the benefits of an UPTE contract. Ask any Systems Administrators you know if they have signed the open letter to UC President Drake, demanding that UC meet UPTE’s demands for System Administrators.

Scene Techs (Stagehands) at UC – On November 2nd, UC passed a proposal that offered the basics of daily overtime to stagehands but rejected UPTE’s proposals, including those addressing health and safety concerns caused by insufficient rest between shifts and consecutive days of work without a day off. UPTE will continue to fight to make sure that these negotiations address the unique needs of stagehands when we meet with UC again on November 18th.

Join UC-AFT on the Picket Line Weds & Thursday!

UC-AFT’s Executive Board served notice to UC management that lecturers will strike on Nov. 17 and 18 against unfair labor practices committed by the University of California. UPTE encourages members to join the UC-AFT picket lines before or after work, at lunch, or on breaks.

This decision comes after an overwhelming majority of members voted yes to authorize a ULP Strike and after the ULP Strike Committee voted unanimously that UCOP’s bad faith bargaining merited the strongest possible response. It comes after UC-AFT filed ULP charges with PERB that UC management has refused to bargain over a program of paid leave for family care and bonding and failed to participate in state-sponsored mediation in good faith. 

Read more about UC-AFT’s contract campaign and the strike at their website by clicking here.

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