UPTE Weekly Update – Week of 7/12

Happy Tuesday! 

Please find the fifth edition of our UPTE UPDATE below. 



California Legislature proposes bill to reduce number of nonresident UC students


US senator introduces bill to restore, modernize national labs


Editorial: Prolific labor activism across UC should raise concerns about worker treatment



SysAd Bargaining Update 

Last week, UPTE systems administrators met with the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) for their first bargaining session. More than 100 SysAdS showed up ready to discuss a fair contract. Unfortunately, UCOP chose not to participate fairly. 

Read the SysAd’s statement below: 

Thank you so much for participating in our first bargaining session!  

More than 100 systems administrators logged on to show their support during the meeting. We all made that happen!

The UC Office of the President (UCOP) was unprepared for our level of participation.

UCOP representatives argued that bargaining should be closed, so they asked for “Ground Rule” proposals. Ground rules are normally discussed during the first meeting, but UCOP negotiators decided not to engage in talks and walked away from the table.

UPTE has always had public meetings and negotiations. Our last contract sessions even included press attendance. We have no intention of reducing our transparency; we welcome accountability.

Our turnout of more than 100 systems administrators shows we have strong support. We hope it will make UC more amenable to favorable negotiations.

We received feedback (both constructive and critical) from the systems administrators who attended the meeting. We appreciate it and will use it to improve.

Thank you again for your support. While we wait for future negotiations, be sure to sign our petition for a fair contract.


In solidarity,

Your SysAd Bargaining Team:

Erich Wise, RX/TX Coordinator, Chief bargainer

Alex Warren, SysAd 3, UC Berkeley (local 1)

Ernie Ibarra, SysAd 3 GF, UC Los Angeles (local 2)

Ken Garges, SysAd 3, UC Santa Cruz (local 3)

Marc Miller, SysAd 2, UC Santa Barbara (local 4)

Luis Baquera, SysAd 3, UC Riverside (local 5)

Mike McCue, SysAd 3, UC Davis (local 6)

Josh Quinn, SysAd 2, UC San Francisco (local 7)

Tom Godfrey, SysAd 2, UC Irvine (local 8)

Danny Kovacs, SysAd 3, UC San Diego (local 9) 


Pay for Family Care and Bonding 

On July 1st, UC implemented its new Pay for Family Care and Bonding (PFCB) policy. This program allows employees to make up to 70 percent of their pay during approved Family and Medical Leave (FML). 

To qualify: 

  • You need to meet qualifications for FML (employed 12 months, worked 1250 hours)
  • You are on an approved block of leave for the following conditions:
  • Family and Medical Leave (FML) for the care of a family member with a serious health condition as certified by a physician 
  • Parental Bonding after the birth or placement of a child
  • Military Caregiver Leave (care of a qualifying family member who is a covered servicemember undergoing medical treatment) 
  • Qualifying Exigency Leave (leave for dealing with the deployment of a family member’s military deployment or ceremony)

Read UC’s statement on the policy and find out if you qualify.

Read UPTE’s overview of the program.



CWA Launches Build Broadband Better Ad Campaign

Last week, CWA launched a television and digital advertising campaign to educate the public and legislators about the importance of making sure that broadband infrastructure is built by skilled union workers and not low-wage contractors.

The ad, featuring CWA Local 4008 member Kojak Valentine, comes as a bipartisan group of legislators are negotiating a federal infrastructure bill which allocates $65 million for broadband. CWA members have been contacting their Senators and members of Congress to make sure that the bill prohibits companies with union workers from subcontracting the work in order to avoid paying the fair wages and benefits we have negotiated and protects workers’ right to organize a union.

Click here to watch and share the ad and learn more at BuildBroadbandBetter.org.



Call for UPTE Photos

We here at UPTE are looking for photos of our members to use in marketing materials. We want shots of members working. We want images of our members participating in UPTE activities. Do you have any of these photos? If you do, please send them to sfelsing@upte-cwa.org

We especially want photos from our community college members and our lab workers. 

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