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Related Categories: California | Labor & Workers
3-Day CUE Statewide Strike of UC June 13-15
by Coalition of Univeristy Employees (clericals [at] cueunion.org)
Thursday Jun 9th, 2005 10:46 PM
3 UNIONS STRIKE -- AND UC'S OUT

OUT of excuses for why it treats its lower-paid workers so badly, causing
AFSCME and UPTE to strike over UC's unfair labor practices, and causing
CUE to strike over our terrible wages.

In 2003-04 bargaining, CUE made a modest pay demand, but UC refused to meet it. CUE scaled its demand down to a 1% general increase and a 1/2 step merit for all employees, including those topped out, all effective
retroactively to October 2003. UC still refused to offer an increase.

CUE would not accept that 0% was an OK pay raise for UC's clericals, and
the contract was never settled. We went to official impasse status and to
fact- finding, where a neutral, state-appointed arbitrator, G. McKay, ruled that UC CAN AFFORD CLERICAL PAY INCREASES & SHOULD GIVE THEM. UC still refused. (Now UC has the nerve to claim that 03-04 bargaining ended with a "compromise," because they gave small increases to fewer than a dozen clericals - out of a work-force of 16,500.

The arbitrator found:

* Wages for UC Administrative Assistant Is and IIs lag behind the
market rate by 24%; Administrative Assistant IIIs by 13%.

* Library Assistant pay at UC is 33% less than at CSU.
Administrative Assistants earn 22.7% less.

* UC's annual NET income goes up every year; 2003-04 net income
was $786 million.

* UC diverted $20 million that was earmarked for clerical salaries to
other projects.

Using UC's own figures, economist P. Donohue had already demonstrated that UC has over $5 billion in unrestricted funds that could be used for fair
wages, for offsetting student fee hikes and program cuts. So while UC pays gigantic salaries and bonuses to top administrators, it ignores the people who make UC work, the students who can barely afford fees, and the now-deteriorating academic programs.

UC claims the state budget crisis makes it impossible to give us
increases, but UC has plenty of money even with the crisis. Only 1/3 of the funding for clerical salaries comes from the state.

CUE demands the increases that UC refused, effective October 2003, and we demand that UC award the equity adjustments that arbitrator McKay
recommended to bring Library Assistant pay in line with Administrative
Assistant pay.

UC is out of excuses. And we'll be out on the picket lines next week!

Please join us in this 100% legal strike to tell the administration what
you think of clerical salaries at UC.


San Francisco picket schedule --

MONDAY - JUNE 13:

PARNASSUS - 7:30 A.M.-5:30 PM (ACC, Dentistry Plaza, Med. Sci. Bldg.,Millberry Union) - Rally at Noon

MT. ZION - 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM (1600 and 1701 Divisadero, 2380 Sutter)


TUESDAY - JUNE 14:

PARNASSUS - 7:30 A.M.-5:30 PM (ACC, Dentistry Plaza, Med. Sci. Bldg.,Millberry Union) - Rally at Noon

MT. ZION - 7:30 AM to 11:30 AM (1600 and 1701 Divisadero, 2380 Sutter)

LAUREL HEIGHTS - 7:30 A.M. - 11:30 AM


WEDNESDAY - JUNE 15:

PICKETS AT PARNASSUS ONLY - 7:30 A.M. - 5:30 PM (ACC, Dentistry Plaza, Med. Sci. Bldg., Millberry Union) - Rally at Noon

SPECIAL RALLY at the UC Office of the President in Oakland

Depart Parnassus 10 AM, Return to Parnassus about 3 PM
(CONTACT LOCAL 6 @346-3537 IF YOU WANT A SEAT ON A BUS GOING TO THE OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT.)
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UC Davis clerical workers strike @ 0% raisewhile UCD primate research costs millionsWednesday Jun 15th, 2005 2:57 PM
no updates yetCUE memberWednesday Jun 15th, 2005 2:05 PM
what's up?aaronTuesday Jun 14th, 2005 10:42 PM
WHO ARE "CLERICALS" AT UC?UCSF EmployeeThursday Jun 9th, 2005 11:17 PM
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