Notice of Contract Ratification Vote

Dear Member,

The Bargaining Team recently met to discuss next steps given member feedback in the straw poll, which indicated that the majority of over 2,000 participants want the bargaining team to put UC’s last, best, and final offer to a ratification vote. With a majority, but not unanimous, vote, the bargaining committee voted to reach a tentative agreement on this offer and move forward with a ratification vote that concludes before the current contract expires. The decision to ratify or reject this tentative agreement depends on how members vote in the ratification vote.

This ratification vote, in which all members will be given the opportunity to formally accept or reject the university’s proposed contract, will be sent via email tomorrow morning, and will be open through 10pm on Wednesday, August 22nd. In that email we will summarize the arguments in favor of accepting and in favor of rejecting. We encourage all members to reflect on the content of UC’s offer, talk with other members, send any outstanding questions and feedback (organize@uaw2865.org), and participate in the vote over the next three days.

In addition to the online vote, there will be an option to vote in-person to maximize membership participation. Below is the list of polling station times and locations on each campus. If the majority of eligible voting members vote to ratify the contract, it will go into effect. If the majority do not vote to ratify, we will move towards a strike, and likely will not bargain with the UC again until late November.

No matter what happens, we will keep fighting – for a more just and equitable UC for All. Stay tuned for more communications very soon.

In Solidarity,

The UC Student-Workers Union, UAW Local 2865, Bargaining Team

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BERKELEY POLLING LOCATIONS AND TIMES

Monday, August 2012-2pm, Sather Gate

Tuesday, August 2112-2pm, Evans Hall

 

DAVIS POLLING LOCATIONS AND TIMES

Monday, August 2012-2pm, Memorial Union (quad)

Tuesday, August 2112-2pm, Silo

 

IRVINE POLLING LOCATIONS AND TIMES

Monday, August 2012-2pm, Ring Road, outside FRH

Tuesday, August 2112-2pm, Ring Road, outside SST

 

LOS ANGELES POLLING LOCATIONS AND TIMES

Monday, August 2012-2pm, Young Research Library

Tuesday, August 2112-2pm, Court of Sciences

 

MERCED POLLING LOCATIONS AND TIMES

Monday, August 2012-2pm, Lantern

Tuesday, August 2112-2pm Lantern

 

RIVERSIDE POLLING LOCATIONS AND TIMES

Monday, August 2012-2pm, Bell Tower

Tuesday, August 2112-2pm, Bytes Eatery

SAN DIEGO POLLING LOCATIONS AND TIMES

Monday, August 2012-2pm, Triton Statue

Tuesday, August 2112-2pm, AP&M

 

SANTA BARBARA POLLING LOCATIONS AND TIMES

Monday, August 2012-2pm, Memorial Union (quad)

Tuesday, August 2112-2pm, Silo

 

SANTA CRUZ POLLING LOCATIONS AND TIMES

Monday, August 2012-2pm, Grad Student Commons

Tuesday, August 2112-2pm, Science Hall

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REMINDER: VOTE NOW – Straw Poll on UC’s Last, Best, and Final Offer

Dear Member,

Our union is nearing contract expiration, and with an offer from UC on the table, your elected bargaining team wants to hear from you about next steps! Yesterday we sent out an email with a straw poll so you can weigh in on whether you feel ready for a contract ratification vote on management’s “last, best, and final offer” or whether you think our union should keep bargaining past expiration. Read the full text of the offer here.

This straw poll is not the vote itself, but a way for us to gather feedback from members so that the bargaining team can make an informed decision based on how you want us to proceed.

In the process of sending the straw poll out to everyone, we’ve heard from some of you that the email is going to Spam or Promotions folders. Please make sure to search for the subject line “POLL: Our Contract — WEIGH IN on UC’s Last, Best and Final Offer” in your email and follow the links to participate.

The link included is unique to your email, so you will need to use the one that came directly to your inbox and not a forwarded message to participate. If for some reason your link is not working, please use the following form to request another straw poll ballot here.

We also experienced some technical difficulties leading to delays in sending the poll to about half of our membership, so the poll will now close at 10:00PM PST on Thursday, August 16, a full 72 hours after the last emails went out.

Thank you for giving us your input!

In solidarity,

UC Student-Workers Union | UAW Local 2865
Bargaining Team

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Bargaining Update – More Progress, Contract Extended Until August 24!

Oakland, CA – June 30

Over the course of the past 14 hours, we’ve witnessed significant progress as our bargaining team engaged in productive conversations with management on several topics, including Sexual Violence and Harassment, Immigrant Workers’ Rights and Union Rights and Access. We are still fighting for a #UCforALL.

Most significantly, our union secured an extension on our current ASE contract until August 24th. With this extension, workers will keep the right to arbitration on all of our workplace grievances. Additionally, all of the current rights and protections will remain in place as our bargaining team continues to push forward on advancing the core issues of our workers.

We have witnessed our collective strength at these bargaining sessions and what it can achieve in moving our negotiations in positive directions. We must continue this work in the months ahead.

  • Join your campus Organizing Committee! Email organize@uaw2865.org, or get involved with our anti-oppression committee by emailing uaw2865aoc@gmail.com. Our movement is building, and we need your help to keep our #UnionStrong

Talk to your co-workers! Share this link to our online membership card with your friends and colleagues. Let everyone know that in these times, the best way that workers can stand up to Trump is to join our union. If they aren’t already a dues-paying member – share with them: WHY DO WE PAY DUES?

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Student-Workers Union Job Posting: Lead Field Organizer (Northern CA)

UC Student-Workers Union (UAW 2865) Lead Field Organizer Job Description

Location: Applicants must be based in Davis, Merced, or Bay Area (or be willing to relocate)

Deadline: Submit applications to jobsuaw2865@gmail.com For full consideration, apply by Monday, July 2

The UC Student-Workers Union, UAW 2865, is a dynamic, member-driven, social-justice labor union representing over 16,000 Academic Student Employees (ASEs) – Teaching Assistants, Readers, Graders, Tutors, and others – at the 9 teaching campuses of the University of California.

The UC Student-Workers Union is currently hiring a Lead Field Organizer in Northern California. This position will be directly responsible for organizing activities at assigned worksites, including leadership recruitment, training members, strategic planning in conjunction with local union leadership, and helping to plan and implement workplace campaigns, both statewide and at the unit level.

The Lead Field Organizer will assist with training, development, and support of one or more field staff.

Lead Responsibilities:

  • Provide ongoing training and oversight of one or more Field Organizers, including support and guidance in the development of individual field organizer work plans, their implementation, and review of results.
  • Assist local leaders with the development of campaign plans, including effective coordination of available staff and other resources.
  • Work with the Statewide Field Coordinator to prepare and execute statewide organizing plans, specific goals, and timelines for priority campaigns.

Organizing Responsibilities:

  • Sign up new members and identify and develop new worker leaders and stewards from diverse backgrounds, in particular, workers of color.  
  • Develop an organizing committee of worksite leaders at each campus, and help train organizing committee members to move worksite organizing campaigns
  • Conduct and/or coordinate grievance and organizing trainings
  • Assist in organizing and coordinating large actions such as pickets, marches, and strikes
  • Assist leaders in mobilizing for union actions and campaigns through activities such as phone-banking, leafleting, door knocking in departments, tabling holding department meetings, etc.
  • Perform administrative tasks necessary for organizing (such as maintaining databases, producing materials and correspondence)
  • Any other duties/tasks as assigned

Required Experience and Characteristics:

  • A demonstrated commitment to union democracy, bottom-up member-driven organizing, social justice, anti-oppression, and social movement unionism.
  • At least two years of experience as a full-time organizer and/or field representative
  • Ability to move workers to collective action.
  • Ability to lead and inspire other field organizers to carry out plans and implement goals.
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and strong writing abilities
  • Experience with internal workplace organizing
  • Ability to develop and run skills trainings for union members and staff.
  • An ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously and meet established deadlines

Preferred Experience and Characteristics:

  • One year of experience supervising or coordinating one or more field staff.
  • Experience working for an organization whose mission is promoting racial justice
  • Familiarity with the political landscape of California and the University of California
  • Experience with organizing academic workers, public sector employees, and/or student workers.
  • Experience organizing workplace strikes with broad participation.
  • Experience with external workplace organizing
  • Bilingual or multilingual (especially Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, Farsi, Korean, and Hindi).

Scope and Nature of Supervision:

The Lead Field Organizer reports directly to the Statewide Field Coordinator (staff leadership) and the Executive Board.

Additional Requirements:

  • Willingness to work long, irregular hours, including some nights and weekends. This is not a 9 to 5 job.
  • Willingness to travel between work sites in Northern California on a regular basis. (Travel expenses and AAA membership will be covered by the UC Student-Workers Union)
  • Willingness to respond promptly to e-mails, phone calls, and other forms of communication
  • Must possess a valid California driver’s license, auto insurance with adequate coverage, and an automobile for business use.
  • Must possess an email-capable cell phone for business use.
  • Must possess a laptop, iPad, or comparable portable computing device for business use.

The UC Student-Workers Union, UAW 2865, is an equal opportunity employer and an organization devoted to challenging exploitation in all of its intersecting forms.  Working class people, women, people of color, LGBTQ-identified people, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary and Benefits:

This position is covered by a collectively bargained agreement, with a generous benefits package and starting salary at $71,518.72.

Instructions for Applying:

Interested applicants should submit a resume, 2-3 references, and a cover letter with the subject line “[Your Name] Lead Field Organizer Application” to the hiring committee at jobsuaw2865@gmail.com. For full consideration apply by Monday, July 2, 2018.

 

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Student-Workers Union Job Posting: Full-Time Organizer (Northern CA)

UC Student-Workers Union (UAW 2865) Full-Time Organizer Job Description

Location: Applicants must be based in Davis, Merced, or Bay Area (or be willing to relocate)

Deadline: Submit applications to jobsuaw2865@gmail.com For full consideration, apply by Monday, July 2

The UC Student-Workers Union, UAW 2865, is a dynamic, member-driven, social-justice labor union representing over 16,000 Academic Student Employees (ASEs) – Teaching Assistants, Readers, Graders, Tutors, and others – at the 9 teaching campuses of the University of California.

The UC Student-Workers Union is currently hiring a full-time Field Organizer in Northern California.

Organizer Responsibilities:

 

  • Identify and develop new worker leaders from diverse backgrounds, in particular, workers of color.  

 

  • Develop an organizing committee of worksite leaders at their respective worksites.
  • Train organizing committee members to move worksite organizing campaigns

 

 

  • Conduct organizing trainings in collaboration with worker leaders
  • Assist in organizing and coordinating large actions such as pickets, marches, and strikes
  • Assist leaders in mobilizing for union actions and campaigns through activities such as phone-banking, leafleting, door knocking, tabling, holding department meetings, etc.
  • Perform administrative tasks necessary for organizing (such as maintaining databases, producing materials and correspondence)
  • Any other duties/tasks as assigned

Preferred Experience and Characteristics:

  • A demonstrated commitment to union democracy, bottom-up member-driven organizing, social justice, anti-oppression, and social movement unionism
  • Experience working for an organization whose mission is promoting racial justice
  • Ability to manage multiple tasks and projects simultaneously and meet established deadlines
  • Excellent interpersonal communication skills and strong writing abilities
  • Previous organizing experience in labor, community, student, and/or social movement organizations or campaigns
  • Familiarity with the political landscape of California, the UC, and/or UAW 2865

Scope and Nature of Supervision:

The Northern Field Organizer will report to a lead field organizer and be expected to follow a weekly work plan.

Additional Requirements:

  • Willingness to work long, irregular hours, including some nights and weekends. This is not a 9 to 5 job.
  • Willingness to travel between work sites in Northern California on a regular basis. (Travel expenses and AAA membership will be covered by the UC Student-Workers Union)
  • Willingness to respond promptly to e-mails, phone calls, and other forms of communication
  • Must possess a valid California driver’s license, auto insurance with adequate coverage, and an automobile for business use.
  • Must possess an email-capable cell phone for business use.
  • Must possess a laptop, iPad, or comparable portable computing device for business use.

The UC Student-Workers Union, UAW 2865, is an equal opportunity employer and an organization devoted to challenging exploitation in all of its intersecting forms.  Working class people, women, people of color, LGBTQ-identified people, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Salary and Benefits:

This position is covered by a collectively bargained agreement, with a generous benefits package and starting salary at $66,622.40.

Instructions for Applying:

Interested applicants should submit a resume, 2-3 references, and a one-page cover letter with the subject line “[Your Name] Full-Time Organizer Application” to the hiring committee at jobsuaw2865@gmail.com by July 2, 2018.

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Joint Statement from UC Student-Workers Union and Palestinian Youth Movement:

We Condemn the Israeli Slaughter of the People of Gaza and Express Solidarity with the People of Palestine

We, UAW Local 2865 and Palestinian Youth Movement, condemn the slaughter of Palestinians in Gaza.

Over 100 Palestinians have been murdered and 12,000 injured over the past six weeks in a prolonged military assault by Israeli Forces. Palestinians in Gaza, Jerusalem and across Historic Palestine sustained a vibrant protest, The Great Return March, from the end of March until May 14th, marking the 70 years of dislocation, displacement, ethnic cleansing, genocide and refugeehood known as The Nakba. The Nakba (or Catastrophe) from 1947-1949 saw at its inception the exile of over 750,000 Palestinians from their heritage lands with over 50% of the population being removed from their homeland in entirety without a path for Return.

Thus, what some celebrate as Israel’s “independence” entails the founding moments of protracted Palestinian refugeehood and enduring misery that has fundamentally changed the current realities of over 13 million Palestinians worldwide; in the Gaza Strip alone, over ⅓ of a population of 2 million are refugees from other parts of Palestine. They live in the world’s largest open-air prison, spanning just 139 square miles of land. At the time of this statement, 64% of Gaza’s population is under the age of 25, and we must fight for their future. We extend our unwavering support to Gaza’s Great Return Marchers in declaring that all Palestinians must be granted the right to return to their homes and live free from colonial occupation and oppression.

We also believe it vital to recognize the context in which we express our solidarity. The United States plays a primary role in normalizing Israeli hegemony in the region, funding the Israeli military through U.S. tax dollars. The U.S. buffers accountability for Israel’s slaughter and continual policies of ethnic cleansing, occupation, apartheid, and terror by contributing to Israeli legal impunity on an international scale.

Most recently, the U.S. objected to the U.N. intent to investigate Israel’s slaughter of Gaza protesters as potential war crimes through false appeals that Israel was being “singled out” by international communities of conscience. In reality, it is the U.S. and the Zionist state who are dead set on “singling out” Israel by ensuring that it continues to operate as a brutal military-colonial apartheid force free from any kind of international impunity or pressures.

The continued erasure of settler-colonialism benefits both the United States and Israel, as the United States is an active settler-colonial state that violently represses indigenous communities – those left after the brutal genocide and dispossession they’ve experienced at the hands of the state. Erasing the ongoing settler-colonialism of Israel helps to hide the ongoing genocidal treatment of indigenous communities by the United States; and so the United States is deeply invested in protecting Israel as a settler colonial state to justify its own racial and ethnic practices of segregation, occupation, and terror. Active support for Israel also allows the US to refine its own policies of criminalization, surveillance and repression of Black and Brown communities as Israel continues to export the military and crowd-control technologies and tactics honed on colonized Palestinian bodies to governments the world over.

The University of California also performs a key role in both indigenous genocide and the genocide of Palestinians through military weapons research and the repression and censorship of growing concerns about Israel’s genocidal project. We must speak up against injustice and hold our institutions accountable.

We–members of the UC Student-Workers Union UAW 2865 and members of the Palestinian Youth Movement, alongside all people of conscience–affirm our deep solidarity with the people of Palestine. Echoing the World Federation of Trade Unions, Black Alliance for Peace, and numerous other groups, we lift up rank and file Palestinians in the diaspora who have marched and worked in support of the Palestinian struggle back home. We move with the people of Palestine who are resisting settler colonial violence: your courage continues to inspire us to build international unity among all people seeking an end to global oppression and who are committed to realizing collective liberation.

In Solidarity through the Struggle,

The Student-Workers Union, UAW Local 2865 & Palestinian Youth Movement

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Palestine Educational Resources:

On Gaza:

 

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