UPTE Weekly Update – Week of 9/13

Please find this week’s UPTE Update below. 


Labor Movement News:

Amazon faces Teamsters union drive at Canadian warehouse – CNBC

Building Trades Leader: Any Politician Who Doesn’t Back the PRO Act Shouldn’t Get Labor’s Support – In These Times

Ten Thousand UAW Members Gear Up for a Strike Vote at John Deere – Labor Notes

Higher Pay for Low-Income Workers Undercut by Years of Wage Stagnation and Rising Inflation – Capital and Main


UPTE Statewide Town Hall – September 15th

Join us for a brief meeting where UPTE’s new systemwide officers will introduce themselves, give some important updates on what UPTE is working on, and share some of the plans for the upcoming year. 

The meeting will cover external organizing campaigns, COVID 19 protocols, and our recent contract victory at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory! 



Sept. 15, 2021


(The meeting should not last more than 30 minutes) 



Biden Administration Honors Unions at the White House

Earlier this month, President Biden held an event at the White House to honor labor unions as part of the Administration’s Labor Day celebration. CWA President Chris Shelton, AFA-CWA President Sara Nelson, and Lorraine Torres from CWA Local 2201 attended the event. President Biden stressed the need for empowering workers to build back the economy and called on Congress to pass the PRO Act.

“The President’s message was well received. Workers are essential. We are the backbone of the economy,” said Torres. “I feel empowered and re-energized to mobilize with my fellow workers and ensure that Congress passes the PRO Act.”

CWA is committed to continue to work closely with this Administration to protect and advance the rights of our members and all working people.

CWA President Chris Shelton and Lorraine Torres from CWA Local 2201 with President Biden at the White House for a Labor Day event honoring unions.


Mortgage Financing for CWA Families

The Union Plus Mortgage Company (UPMC) offers a wide-range of mortgage options, including conventional, FHA, and VA loans along with experts to help guide you through the home financing process. UPMC also offers a wide choice of lenders, an easy and convenient loan application, and competitive interest rates. In addition, the program includes great features like a $500 gift card after closing, a First-Time Homebuyer award, and a $1,000 Veteran’s Grant from Union Plus. NMLS Number 1561829. 

Learn more about this program here.


Peace and Justice Committee

The UPTE Peace Justice Committee and California Jewish Voice for Peace chapters co-host:

Gaza Fights for Freedom 

September 25th @5pm PST/8pm EST 

Register for zoom link here


General Updates

Vote No on the Recall

Today is the last day to turn in your ballot regarding the gubernatorial recall. 

UPTE’s systemwide board urge you to vote No on the recall. 

The recall is being bankrolled by anti-union, anti-worker millionaires in an attempt to overturn the choice of California voters. A Yes on the recall would almost certainly lead to a far less worker and union-friendly Governor – especially if only supporters of the recall return their ballots!


Call for UPTE Photos

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


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