AP Voices: Administrative professionals organizing for change
August 22, 2012
Why organize a union?
When you’re trying to achieve something, it helps to have friends and allies.

Most of us instinctively grasp this—which is why we don’t think twice about signing up for groups like Friends of the Library, AARP or the Sierra Club. As any PTA volunteer can tell you, it’s just easier to get things done when many people work together.

UPTE members also use the power of numbers to work toward common goals, such as preserving UC jobs, protecting employee pay and securing adequate funding for the University to fulfill its missions.

In California—now ranked as the world’s ninth largest economy—it’s hard for any one person to be heard. But by joining UPTE, your voice is amplified by our 13,000 members, combined with 80,000 in the University’s coalition of unions and the 2.1 million members of the California Labor Federation. Together, we have real clout in Sacramento.

And every UC administrative professional who signs a card supporting UPTE representation makes us stronger.

At the most basic level, joining a labor union gives you a legal tool for collective action.

As John F. Kennedy once said, “Our unions have brought millions of men and women together, made them members one of another, and given them common tools for common goals.”

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