Save the date: May 26, 2017

Save the date for UPTE’s May Happy Hour!happyhour

Our monthly social hour is a great way to meet other union members.

Join the crowd. Friday, May 26, 4:30pm – 6:30pm

Freehouse, 2700 Bancroft Way @ College

Appetizers are on UPTE; members cover their own drinks.

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Bargaining season begins: How we win great UPTE contracts in 2017!

Dear UPTE Local 1 Members,


As you know, our Clerical unit colleagues have been bargaining with UC for months and have already chosen to strike in response to UC’s insulting wage offers and attempts to undermine our shared pension.
How are we going to win a contract that protects our pension, guarantees fair raises, and creates a better working environment at UC?


Only through your participation in the bargaining process. Your co-workers who will sit at the bargaining table with UC have very little power – they will rely on all of us to build pressure on UC to do the right thing by organizing with our co-workers, signing petitions, attending rallies, and deciding whether we need to strike.


The first step is for everyone to fill out a bargaining survey. The bargaining survey is the primary way that we will know what issues are most important to you and what you’re willing to do to address them. We need to have all of our surveys collected by the end of the day on Wednesday, February 22nd.


The Systemwide Bargaining Conference is set for Saturday, February 25th in Sacramento. We will set our priorities and choose our bargainers. Each campus gets one bargainer per contract, which means that Berkeley will have 3.


In the meantime we will continue to have bargaining meetings around campus. If you would like to set one up near your work site or have any questions please contact us!


Local 1 Executive Board

UCSF IT Outsourcing

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February 07, 2017
Workers fight UCSF’s plan to move IT overseas, worry that UC will roll out program systemwide 
Information technology (IT) workers from around the UC system converged on the most recent regents’ meeting (WATCH VIDEO) to explain the irreparable harm that will come from management’s plan to send their jobs to India.

Nearly a hundred IT workers at UCSF will lose their jobs, after management signed a $50 million contract with multinational firm HCL, headquartered in India. UC is forcing the workers to train their own replacements, and employees fear the program will soon spread to other UC campuses.

“How would you feel if those who appoint you to your positions told you that someone in another country could do your jobs better than you are?” Robert Harrison, a senior telecom engineer at UCSF who joined his coworkers to testify before the regents.

Sharp criticism of UC’s plan has come from several legislators, such as Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) who told UC its decision to “lay off highly skilled workers and replace them with foreign workers” contradicts US law. The workers’ story has been featured in the New York Times, CNBC’s Nightly Business Report, Fox News, CWA News, and elsewhere.

Outsourcing IT likely to go systemwide
IT workers note that HCL’s contract with UC is systemwide and could be expanded. UC’s Information Technology Architecture Committee (ITAC) has noted that the system’s Chief Information Officers are “looking at the UCSF experience before others dip in.”

“Where will it stop? Where are you going to go with it? Is this just the beginning?” asked Mike Holford, a UCSB IT employee for over three decades, who spoke before the regents.

“UC is an engine for economic growth and sustainability and it sets employment standards for California,” Max Belasco, a programmer analyst at UCLA told the regents. “Offshoring is damaging to what the UC community is,” said Belasco.

How to stop UC’s off-shoring
Some IT classifications are among the only UC job titles not covered by union contracts. UPTE-CWA represents 15,000 researchers, techs, skilled trades workers, and health care professionals who do have strong, enforceable protections against outsourcing, and other UC unions represent tens of thousands more.

IT professionals throughout the UC system are getting involved to build a union and have the protections of a contract against outsourcing. Want to join us? Contact your local UPTE rep here.