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UC-AFT Insider March 2011

University Council-AFT Insider
March 1, 2011

In this issue:

  • March 2nd Actions at UC and Statewide
  • Protecting American Workers, the Middle Class and Your Right To a Union
  • UC Regent, David Crane, Wants to Eliminate Your Union
  • Understanding the UC Budget Part II 
  • Unit 18 Bargaining Update #1

March 2nd Actions at UC and Statewide

Follow this link for a list of actions taking place on UC campuses and across the state.

March 2nd Actions on UC Campuses and Statewide

Protecting American Workers, the Middle Class and Your Right To a Union

UC-AFT now has a webpage devoted to resources that will help prepare our members to have informed and fact based conversations about the impact of public sector collective bargaining on California’s budget deficit, about the benefits of collective bargaining for union and non-union workers, about the forces that are really driving the Republican attack on the public sector and our unions, and finally, about the effects of the right’s agenda on the quality of life of middle and working class Americans.  Follow this link to the new webpage:

Defending Public Workers and Their Unions
 

Follow this link to an informational flyer with related facts and talking points:
 

UC Regent, David Crane, Wants to Eliminate Your Union

The attack on public sector unions isn’t limited to the Midwest, or even to fledgling free market groups in California.  One of the newest members of our own UC Board of Regents is advocating for the elimination of public sector unions.  UC-AFT is working with the UC Union Coalition to block Mr. Crane’s confirmation as a Regent.  We have also supported a reform proposal that would democratize the selection of Regents and stop the positions from being abused as a form political payback.

Should public employees have collective bargaining?  sfgate.com - Feb 27, 2011

Understanding the UC Budget Part II 

UC-AFT President, Bob Samuels, regularly posts his writings on the UC budget on his blog, Changing Universities.  Become a follower of Bob’s blog and help him get over the 100 mark for blog followers.  Check out his most recent post responding to UC’s attempt to clarify the inner workings of the UC budget.

Understanding UC Budget - Part II changinguniversities.blogspot.com - Mar 1, 2011

Unit 18 Bargaining Update #1

Here's a link to a brief report from the first meeting of Unit 18 contract negotiations.  Chief Negotiator, Alan Karras, will distribute an update after each bargaining session.  Please be on the look out for future updates coming from your local's staff.

Unit 18 Bargaining Update #1

Membership
If you have not already joined the union, please fill out the attached membership form, or download one from our website.  You are represented by UC-AFT, but representation and deductions from your pay do not mean that you are automatically a member.  You can mail the completed application to the address on the bottom of the form, or contact your local staff for assistance.  

Join UC-AFT

 

The University Council – American Federation of Teachers is an affiliate of the California Federation of Teachers, the American Federation of Teachers and the AFL-CIO.