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The September 2020 Union Wire is available by clicking the images below:


09/15/2020

Q&A on Open Enrollment and Medical/Prescription Plan Choices (September/October 2020) - click link to view document.


 

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.

Finally—it’s President-elect Biden

Patience—counseled by former Vice President Joe Biden all election week as Americans waited for votes to be counted—finally paid off Nov. 7, four days after Election Day, when Biden won in Pennsylvania and gained enough Electoral College votes to acquire a new title: president-elect. AFT President Randi Weingarten says the union’s leaders and members “can’t wait to get started” on the work ahead “with an administration that will embrace and fight for the values we hold dear.”

Your vote is your voice

AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column outlines the urgency of using our voices—our votes—in this life-changing election, when we will make a choice “between President Donald Trump, who has trafficked in chaos, fear, lies and division, and former Vice President Joe Biden, who seeks to reverse Trump’s failures on COVID-19 and the economy, and to unite and uplift the American people.” Besides the four crises we face—a pandemic, an economic crisis, racism and a climate emergency—democracy itself is on the ballot, as Trump continues to cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election.

‘Back to school’ like never before

In her September New York Times column, AFT President Randi Weingarten says that going back to school has never looked like it does now. Weingarten explains that because of President Donald Trump’s response to the coronavirus, which has been chaotic, contradictory and inept, and the lack of federal guidance and funding, we’re seeing a patchwork of school reopening plans across the country.