UPTE Update – Week of 5/26/22

UPTE Update – Week of 5/26/22


Victory! Optometrists set to join UPTE’s Healthcare (HX) Unit

UC Optometrists are set to win representation as UPTE Healthcare (HX) workers after months of organizing! 

After years of broken promises from UC, Optometrists approached UPTE and more than 80% quickly signed up as members. After filing for representation with UPTE in early April, Optometrist leaders and UPTE President Dan Russell met with UC Health EVP Dr. Carrie Byington. Following that meeting, UC agreed not to delay negotiations for Optometrists, who look forward to bargaining for compensation that recognizes the important contributions to their patients and the University.

Associate Faculty Win Stronger Interview Rights at College Of Sequoias

The College of Sequoias Academic Senate voted to include language that guarantees Associate Faculty the right to interview for full-time positions in updated Faculty Hiring Procedures. This was due to the tireless work of UPTE members on the Academic Senate and those who attended Senate meetings and lobbied Full-Time Faculty allies.

Associate Faculty Mobilize to Demand Equal Treatment at Mt San Jacinto College

UPTE-represented Associate Faculty turned out in force to confront District executives at multiple bargaining sessions in the past month over insulting offers of less than half the across the board raise offered to other MSJC staff for the 2021-2022 Academic Year and half the Technology Stipend.

Several Associate Faculty members spoke out at the MSJC Board of Trustees meeting and in bargaining, calling on the District to give Associate Faculty the dignity and respect of equal treatment and asking for recognition of the fact that Associate Faculty teach half of the classes at MSJC. 

MSJC VP of HR instead responded “If it wasn’t you, then it would be someone else.” This encapsulates the District’s view of Associate Faculty as disposable, second-class employees. In response, Associate Faculty are organizing in greater numbers than ever before, and are committed to winning the equal respect and compensation that they deserve.

AB 1856 Proceeds to Full Assembly Vote

This UPTE-endorsed bill would benefit Community Colleges by giving each District the discretion to allow part-time faculty to teach more classes; creating the continuity and stability desperately needed for student success, while also benefiting districts. 

California Labor Federation June 7, 2022 Primary Endorsements

We are 12 days out until the June 7, 2022, Primary Election. Please click here to see who our statewide Labor Federation has recommended as the most pro-Union candidates.

Support the Living Wage Act in November

California voters will have the opportunity to push our minimum wage toward a living wage in November. UPTE encourages you to support the Living wage Act – click here to learn more.