Please find this week’s UPTE Update below.
Labor Movement Headlines
Two Thousand CWA Members Strike Hospital in Buffalo – Labor Notes
America Is in the Midst of a Dramatic Labor Resurgence – The New Republic
UPTE Statement in Solidarity with UC-AFT
Whereas AFT at UC represents Lecturers. They are currently in bargaining, fighting to strengthen job stability and provide career pathways for all teaching faculty; to improve wages and benefits so that all teaching faculty have access to healthcare and can provide for their families; and to ensure fair compensation and workload that reflects their training, experience, and contributions to the University. They are fighting to build a more equitable UC, one in which every student has the mentorship and support they need, excellent teaching is valued, and every UC worker is afforded dignity and respect; and
Whereas, following an historic strike authorization vote—in which members voted with an overwhelming majority of 96% to authorize a strike — UC-AFT entered impasse procedures and began mediation with President Drake’s negotiators.
Therefore, be it resolved that UPTE-CWA Local 9119 strongly supports our brother and sister Lecturers and will support them in their current contract fight.
Find out more about UC-AFT’s contract fight and how you can support them at ucaft.org
Bill Protecting Healthcare for Striking Workers Signed into Law
On Saturday, Governor Gavin Newsom signed into law AB 237, the Public Employee Health Protection Act. AB 237 requires California’s public sector employers to maintain workers’ health insurance coverage during a strike.
UPTE endorsed this bill, which was spearheaded by AFSCME 3299 after the University of California threatened to cut off their members’ health insurance following a legally-protected strike. Congratulations to AFSCME 3299 and all of our labor allies for all of their work on this historic bill, which will strengthen all workers’ ability to strike for what we and our communities deserve!
Read more here: https://afscme3299.org/media/signedab237
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