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UC-AFT Endorsements for UCRS Advisory Board--VOTE TODAY!


Vote for Monica Martinez and Paul Brooks today! 

Please share these endorsements with the staff in your department.   Note- It is against the rules to use UC e-mails to campaign for the UCRS seats.  If you share this information, please do so through word of mouth.

Secure retirement with dignity is under attack—both across the nation and here at the University of California.  UC Regents want to push through major changes to our retirement benefits, including increased costs to workers, many of who struggle to make ends meet already, and reductions to retiree healthcare.  Now, more than ever, it is crucial to stay informed about changes to retirement benefits– good representation on the UC Retirement System (UCRS) Advisory Board will help us do just that.

There are two open staff seats on the 11-member board, which is comprised of a cross-section of the university community.  The advisory board meets three times a year to discuss and share its opinions with UC President Mark G. Yudof on issues relating to all UCRS pension members, retirees and their beneficiaries. 

UC-AFT and the UC union coalition endorse Monica Martinez and Paul Brooks for the UCRS Advisory Board.

Monica Martinez of UCLA Medical Center and Paul Brooks of UC Berkeley will bring a wealth of experience and know-how.

Monica and Paul are both proud union members who are dedicated to fighting for fair compensation at UC.

Paul Brooks has served the UC system for 32 years as a Spectroscopist at UC Davis.  Every day, Paul is required to tackle complex problems as he engages the work of analytical chemistry.  Paul has been a pension bargainer who has guided UC staff and management towards a better understanding of UCRP, and applied his understanding of mathematical modeling toward analysis of UCRP’s actuarial data.

Monica Martinez has spent 10 years as an Administrative Clinical Care Partner at the UCLA Medical Center.  She is a tireless patient advocate who stands shoulder-to-shoulder with her hospital coworkers in promoting high standards of service and care. Monica has negotiated system-wide wages, health and welfare, and retirement benefits for thousands of UC workers and is committed to making sure all UC employees have a voice. 

Voting begins Monday, May 23 and ends Friday, June 17, 2011.


  • Eligible UCRS members with UC email addresses will receive an email announcing that they are eligible to vote.  The email will include a link to the e-ballot, a unique PIN and voting instructions. The PIN ensures that eligible voters cast only one ballot.
  • UCRS members without UC email addresses will receive a ballot and instructions in the mail at their home address.  The election information will also include instructions and a PIN for voting online.  The members can either mail in the paper ballot or vote online using the PIN provided in the election packet.