UPTE Update: Week of 2/28/22

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UPTE Convention 2022 – July 30 & 31st in Oakland

UPTE’s convention is coming up! Convention is an important opportunity for UPTE Member leaders and activists from around the state to gather, meet our colleagues from other campuses, participate in important training and workshops, and discuss goals and strategy for our Union for the coming year. Each campus is allocated a certain number of voting delegates, which members will be able to nominate themselves for when nominations open. Stay tuned for more information and save the date!

Organizing Updates

Mt. San Jacinto Contract Reopener

The MSJC District executives passed their initial economic proposals for the 2021-2022 academic year, offering an insulting 2% across the board increase which will leave MSJC Part-Time faculty only further behind comparable titles at area districts. All MSJC Associate Faculty are invited to an important Town Hall on Thursday March 10th, at 5:30PM to discuss next steps in reopener bargaining and our ongoing contract campaign. 

Behavioral Health Counselors & Psychiatric Professionals

UPTE is still waiting on a full proposal from UC after months of negotiations and looks forward to receiving these at our next bargaining session on March 28th. UPTE has filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge against UC for its refusal to implement contractually agreed raises on schedule.

Community Health Program Representatives

UC has asked for a 21-day extension as they continue to oppose CHPRs, who provide substance abuse and domestic violence counseling and other healthcare services at Venice Family Clinic and elsewhere, from becoming part of the UPTE HX Unit. UC does this despite a supermajority of CHPRs making repeated clear demands to join UPTE’s HX unit. Our Union has opposed the extension and hopes that PERB will rule that CHPRs are part of the HX unit as soon as possible.

Systems Administrators

UC finally provided their proposed pay scales for most campuses at our most recent bargaining session. Disappointingly, the top step of these scales are well below what a number of employees are already being paid. UPTE hopes that this was a mistake, as System Administrators continue to organize to put pressure on UC to provide the fair pay scales, increases, and back pay they are owed. We will meet with UC again on Wednesday, March 9th from 11-3PM.

Help Pass the Climate Corporate Accountability Act! Call Your State Senator Today

UPTE encourages you to call your State Senator and ask them to pass the Climate Corporate Accountability Act (SB260), which will require large corporations to report all their carbon emissions, which will ensure their accountability and result in lower emissions.

Click here to find your state senator and call them today!

Here is a possible script:

My name is <NAME>. I <WORK AT UC / LIVE IN COUNTY> in your district. I’m calling today to ask that you vote for SB 260. This essential legislation–requiring large companies to report their carbon emissions–will fill a significant knowledge gap for consumers and investors throughout California and indeed the nation. The Climate Corporate Accountability Act will help ensure corporations are accountable for their emissions throughout the full pipeline, which is crucial because increased reporting results in lower emissions.

CWA Beirne Foundation’s 2022-2023 Scholarship Application Deadline is April 30

Sixteen partial college scholarships of $4,000 each are being offered for the 2022-2023 school year. Winners, selected in a lottery drawing, also will receive second-year scholarships of the same amount contingent upon satisfactory academic accomplishment. Part-time students, less than 12 credits, will receive half of the scholarship monies.

UPTE members and their spouses, children and grandchildren, including those of retired or deceased members are all eligible for the award. Click here for more information.