|IT Professionals Say 'Union YES!'|
|Information technology professionals are essential to UC’s educational, research, and public service missions, but currently we have no effective way to address workplace issues. With union representation, we will be able to negotiate collectively with UC over pay, workload, job security, professional development, and many other issues.
The University is facing budget challenges, but budgets are about more than money – they’re about priorities, too. UC’s 12,000 technical and research professionals are represented by UPTE. They negotiated up to 14.5% pay increases in their last contract.
We need the same kind of representation.
Guaranteed Support for Training and Professional Development
It can be difficult for us as IT professionals to take the classes and other trainings necessary to remain current in our fields. A union contract can guarantee us the ability to do so. A contract can specify that we need to be granted the time to take classes and can guarantee that UC pays for relevant courses and certifications.
UPTE has a strong reputation for supporting career employment at UC. Staff Research Associate I’s (covered by UPTE’s contract for UC research professionals) are guaranteed a reclassification review after two years in this position. Career development and career ladders are ways for us to remain at the tops of our fields, and stay at UC long-term.
Our jobs are threatened by outsourcing and consolidation of services, as well as an increase in the number of “contract” positions with limited benefits and rights. Without a union, we are more vulnerable. We deserve to have a say in what happens to the services we provide.
Health and Safety
We face unique health and safety challenges that result from our extensive work at computer stations (such as musculoskeletal and repetitive strain injuries). Some of us are also affected physical moves of our workspaces and by exposure to dust (resulting in asthma and other pulmonary illnesses).
We Invite You to Join Us
We want a union for IT professionals at UC. We want to work with UPTE-CWA because it’s the union with a proven track record of supporting UC’s professional employees.
Join the campaign to get a real voice and much needed protections for UC’s information technology professionals. We’re signing authorization cards to register our votes for UPTE. Please add your voice today!