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03/08/2021

The UCPEA Executive Board asks our members to stand in solidarity with our colleagues in the Asian American Cultural Center, UConn’s Association for Asian American Faculty and Staff (AAAFS), and the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute (AAASI) in supporting the Asian and Asian-American members of our community, following news reports of increased anti-Asian violence across the United States, including a front page story in today’s Hartford Courant.

The attachments to this message include a statement from AAAFS describing the increasing incidents of hate crimes, bias incidents and racist bullying against Asians and Asian Americans. There is also information about a virtual panel discussion on March 18 at 5 p.m. that will provide perspectives on today’s climate and its impact on UConn’s Asian and Asian American community that will include UConn students, faculty, and staff to help galvanize anti-racist efforts that will benefit us all.

UCPEA Classification Project Updates

 

September 23, 2019
 
Members of the UCPEA Leadership and the Classification team have met with representatives from the University on three occasions in the last two weeks – September 10, September 17 and September 18. Over the course of the last three meetings, we’ve been provided with more information about how the Job Inventory Worksheets will map into job templates. With this information, we’ve been able to ask more meaningful questions and advocate on behalf of the membership.
 
Subject Matter Experts that have not yet been asked to provide feedback were sent an email by the University acknowledging the delay and it is expected all Subject Matter Experts will receive their survey and job templates by September 30.
 
Human Resources is sponsoring information sessions this week. It’s our understanding topics that will be covered during the information sessions include a general system overview, terminology connected with the new system and the connection between the analysis of Job Inventory Worksheets and the development occupational groups. The information sessions will be held in the Student Union Theatre and employees do not have to use accrued time to attend a session:
 
Tuesday, September 24: 11 a.m. -12 p.m. and 1p.m. – 2 p.m.
Wednesday, September 25: 11 a.m. -12 p.m. and 1p.m. – 2 p.m.
Thursday, September 26: 11 a.m. -12 p.m. and 1p.m. – 2 p.m.
 
The University has committed to visiting all regional campuses with dates and times to be announced shortly.
 
There are still several outstanding items, particularly project timelines, salary bands, the “reconsideration process,” and our advocacy for a full equity analysis for the bargaining unit.
 
Members of the UCPEA leadership will attend all the information sessions this week. We are also scheduled to meet again with the University on October 4.
 

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Results - Amendments to Constitution and Bylaws

There were a number of proposed amendments to the UCPEA Constitution and Bylaws this spring. Voting opened Thursday, June 6 and closed yesterday, Monday, June 17 at 4:30 p.m. Results were certified yesterday afternoon and can be viewed below. Thank you to the 749 members who participated. Approved changes in the language will take effect July 1, 2019.

Voting results are available below (click "fullscreen" in bottom right hand corner of viewer) or by visiting "2019 Approved Amendments to UCPEA CBL". Approved language is available by visiting "2019 Proposed Amendments to UCPEA CBL."

The updated version of the Constiution and Bylaws will be available July 1, 2019.

Janus v. AFSCME Decision

The U.S. Supreme Court issued a 5-4 decision in Janus v. AFSCME on June 26, 2018, saying it is unconstitutional to collect fees from public employees who choose not to be a member of the union that negotiates the contract that provides their wages, benefits and other working conditions. 

How does the Janus case affect me?

Many of the news reports about the Janus v. AFSCME case tout the loss of Union Dues as the demise of organized labor specifically in the public sector. When Union Members act collectively in solidarity they represent a powerful group that significantly impacts the negotiation of fair sal aries, working conditions, health care and pensions. Recently, the public-school teachers in West Virginia joined in an action protesting how higher health care costs and the lack of raises for the past few years had eroded their ability to be engaged in the American Dream.

February 14, 2020

The UCPEA Classification team met with representatives from the University on Tuesday seeking answers to some of our initial questions about mapping and some of the more general issues of concern that members have identified including, but not limited to, what was covered in the Union Wire yesterday.

Vice President for Social Justice Election Results

 

The Vice President for Social Justice election results have been certified and the successful candidate is Donna Hardaway. The voter participation rate was 29.83%. Please see the full election results below.

 

Candidate Votes Percentage
Liza Boritz 171 31%
Veronica Cook 93 17%
Donna Hardaway 283 52%

 

UCPEA Letter to UConn July 30, 2018

 

To:         UCPEA Membership

 

From:    Michael White, UCPEA President

               Elizabeth Sullivan, UCPEA Executive Director

 

Below is a copy of a letter we sent to the University administration late in the day last Friday.

 

Many of the issues listed in the letter impact various segments of the membership, who we communicate with regularly. They are well aware of our efforts on their behalf, but the classification project impacts every one of us and we want all of you to know where things stand.