UPTE Update: Week of 2/8/22

Labor Movement Headlines

Will the Biden Administration Deliver on Overtime Pay? – Capital & Main

Striking Massachusetts Nurses Outwait Corporate Giant Tenet – Labor Notes

In a Single Year, $1.78 Trillion Was Taken From the Working Class – In These Times  

Mt San Jacinto College Reopener Bargaining

Associate Faculty at Mt San Jacinto College (MSJC) have begun reopener negotiations on their contract, including for improved wage increases to bring them closer to area Community College District compensation.

Lawrence Berkeley National Lab Wage Reopener

UPTE’s LBNL Local 184 bargaining team has negotiated raises of 3.3% per year for FY22–FY25 — the best in over 10 years at LBNL! The first raise will be retroactive to October 1st and will be distributed according to a matrix that UPTE has negotiated, with a maximum raise of 5.1%. Members approved the agreement by 97.4%.

Community Health workers join UPTE & Fight UC’s Insulting Delays

UC executives filed an insulting response to dozens of Community Health Program Representatives, who are seeking UPTE representation as part of the HX unit at UC. These workers provide urgent services to some of those in greatest need in our communities, including victims of domestic abuse, and those struggling with substance abuse and homelessness. Incredibly, UC used this as a reason to argue that they are less professional than workers who provide similar care for more fortunate members of our community. UPTE will continue to fight alongside these CHPRs until they win the respect, representation, and working conditions they deserve.

Petition for a Green New Deal at UC

UPTE is part of a statewide coalition of other labor unions who are fighting to make sure our communities and our jobs are protected from climate change. We are also working with unions and others in the UC community to curb UC’s climate emissions.

Click here to read and sign on to a petition encouraging UC’s President, Regents, and Chancellors to enact a Green New Deal at UC

CA State Government Approves Additional COVID Leave

Thanks to pressure from CWA and Unions across the state, the Governor, Assembly, and State Senate have passed a law guaranteeing up to 80 hours of additional COVID leave, retroactively, from January 1st to September 30th of 2022. We look forward to seeing the details of how our employers will implement these requirements.

Bill Text – AB-84 Employment: COVID-19: supplemental paid sick leave.

CWA Leading Charge for Better Broadband & Jobs

CWA is leading the charge to make sure that $65 billion allocated for improvements in broadband technology will be spent wisely so the job is done right, which includes using the best available technology and making sure that the work is done by trained, experienced union workers. 

Click here to sign our petition and watch a video to learn more!