UPTE Weekly Update – Week of 6-28

Good afternoon! We hope you have a fun and relaxing 4th of July weekend. 

Please find the third edition of our UPTE UPDATE below.



UC nurses union approves strike notice pending staffing negotiations



State budget plan proposes lowering number of out-of-state UC students



The University of California tightens rules on affiliations with religious hospitals



Graduate student researchers organize to form new union




California Budget Brings Windfall to the University of California 


Governor Newsom and legislators agreed to a state budget this week that uses the state’s $75.7 billion surplus to benefit UC tremendously. 

Budget highlights: 

  • Provides $259 million ongoing to restore base funding to UC, and an increase of $173.2 million ongoing (five percent) to UC’s base.  
  • $68 million to increase resident undergraduate enrollment by 6,230 students at UC. 
  • $31 million to begin a five-year process to reduce non-resident enrollment at UC Berkeley, UC Los Angeles, and UC San Diego to 18 percent.  
  • $30 million to fund the UC San Diego Hillcrest Medical Center facility
  • $25 million for UC Riverside’s School of Medicine clinical facilities
  • $15 million for the UCLA Labor Center 


UC Tightens Rules with Health Organizations with Religious Affiliations 


UC Regents adopted a new policy on Wednesday that tightens its rules on affiliations with hospitals that impose religious restrictions on health care.

UC will not cut ties with hospitals or health organizations that currently have restrictions on care. It will, however, only enter into new contracts with health care providers that offer their services to all patients without discrimination. 

Regents will not force staff members at religious healthcare providers to perform procedures that their employers have policies prohibiting. They will allow UC-employed caregivers working at outside providers’ facilities to administer all treatments under particular circumstances.


Calling All System Administrators: Sign Our Petition for a Fair Agreement

UPTE is working hard to secure Systems Administrators a fair agreement with UC. We have scheduled our first official bargaining meeting with UC representatives over wages and working conditions for July 7th.  If you are a SysAd, you can help us:

  1. Sign our petition demanding retroactive raises from 2017-present, guaranteed telecommuting, and better retirement benefits. Click here to sign on.
  2. Join us at our 12 PM June 30th pre-bargaining meeting to find out how to best support us during the event. We will answer your questions and give you vital info for joining the bargaining session. Register by following this link


Community College Update

California Community Colleges to Benefit from California Budget Surplus 


The new California budget offers a lot to like for the state’s community colleges.


  • Provides $100 million ongoing to increase the number of full-time faculty at community colleges and $10 million ongoing and $90 million one-time to increase part-time faculty office hours. 
  • $1.45 billion to fully pay down the CCC deferrals.
  • $371.2 million ongoing Proposition 98 funds to provide a five percent cost-of-living adjustment to CCC apportionments, and extends the hold harmless provision of the Student-Centered Funding Formula by one year to 2024-25.
  • Approves the May Revision proposal to provide a $1 million one-time Proposition 98 General Fund to modernize the CCC Registry to better enable centralized recruitment and resources. The CCC Registry is an online database of job opportunities for the California Community Colleges. 



Discuss Broadband With FCC Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel

Join us Today at 4:30 PM PT for a virtual fireside chat with Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Acting Chairwoman Jessica Rosenworcel, CWA President Chris Shelton, and a group of CWA members from our Build Broadband Better project.

The discussion, which will be moderated by CWA District 4 Vice President Linda L. Hinton, will focus on how the FCC is addressing the pressing need for affordable, reliable broadband service and what CWA members can do to help promote broadband access in their communities. 

Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions.

RSVP Here: https://cwa.org/fccchat



Call for UPTE Photos

Do you have pictures of yourself performing your job? UPTE wants to use your images for union materials. If you are willing to share them, send them to sfelsing@upte-cwa.org

Be sure to label the pictures you send with your name, title, and campus. 


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Our handle is @uptecwa on all three media platforms.