Election Guide: UAW 2865 Biennial Election (2019)

Our Local will be holding the upcoming Biennial Election on May 1-2, 2019 to vote for campus Joint Council positions. The following campuses that will be holding elections are as follows:

UC Berkeley, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, UC San Diego

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What to do when other workers at UC are on strike

As a unionized employee, the strongest way you can show solidarity with striking workers is to exercise your right to refuse to cross the picket line as a matter of individual conscience and free expression, which is permitted by Article 19 of our UAW 2865 contract. When you refuse to cross, you aid other workers by making their strike more effective.

Here are some ways you can support:

  • Respect their picket line by canceling your class, lab, or office hours, in line with your right to free expression.  
  • Talk to your students and colleagues about the strike.
  • Show up to the picket line to demonstrate solidarity, and encourage your students and colleagues to do the same.

If you miss work in solidarity, UC may not pay you for the days you are out. However, our contract protects you from any form of discipline for exercising your right to free expression by choosing not to cross the picket line. If you encounter intimidation or retaliation from UC, please contact your union representative.




Call for Nominations & Poll Locations: 2019 Biennial Election

TIMELINE

  • Deadline to accept nomination: Tuesday, April 16, 2019, 5:00pm (PST)
  • Candidate statements (optional) due: Thursday, April 18, 2019, 5:00pm (PST)
  • Voting (if there are contested positions): Wednesday, May 1st, 2019, and Thursday, May 2nd, 2019, 10am-6pm (PST)
  • Run-off election (if necessary): Thursday, May 16th, 2019, 10am-6pm (PST)

QUALIFICATIONS

  • For Executive Board: All UAW Local 2865 members in continuous good standing for one (1) year prior to accepting nominations are automatically nominated for these positions; for the Northern Vice President position, the nominee must additionally be a member from Berkeley, Santa Cruz, Merced, or Davis; for the Southern Vice President position, the nominee must additionally be a member from San Diego, Irvine, Los Angeles, Riverside, or Santa Barbara.
  • For Head Steward, Unit Chair, and Campus Recording Secretary: All UAW Local 2865 members in continuous good standing for ninety (90) days prior to accepting nominations are automatically nominated for these positions.
  • Concurrently held positions: Members may not hold more than one position on the Executive Board or Joint Council at a time.

ACCEPTING NOMINATION

Each member who wishes to accept nomination must indicate this intention in writing. Please only accept the nomination if you intend to run for the position, as nomination acceptances cannot be withdrawn once the nominating period has closed. Accept your nomination by email, fax, mail, or hand delivery. Email your acceptance of the nomination to elections@uaw2865.org, or fax to (510) 549-2514.

You may also send your acceptance to:

Elections Committee, UAW Local 2865

2030 Addison St, Suite 640A

Berkeley, CA 94704

WHEN ACCEPTING NOMINATION, PLEASE INCLUDE

  1. Position to which you are accepting the nomination
  2. Your name as you’d like it to appear on the ballot
  3. Contact information: department, phone number, and non-UC email address
  4. Candidate statement (up to 500 words, optional) – In the case of a contested election, the statement will be posted on the Local’s website and at applicable campus offices no later than Friday, April 19th, and will be available at polling sites during the election.

OPEN POSITIONS:

 

Statewide Executive Board
President
Northern Vice President
Southern Vice President
Recording Secretary
Financial Secretary
3 Trustees
Sergeant-at-Arms
Guide

Berkeley
Unit Chair
Recording Secretary
16 Head Stewards

Davis
Unit Chair
Recording Secretary
9 Head Stewards

Irvine
Unit Chair
Recording Secretary
7 Head Steward

Los Angeles
Unit Chair
Recording Secretary
12 Head Stewards

Merced
Unit Chair
Recording Secretary
1 Head Steward

Riverside
Unit Chair
Recording Secretary
3 Head Stewards

San Diego
Unit Chair
Recording Secretary
11 Head Stewards

Santa Barbara
Unit Chair
Recording Secretary
6 Head Steward

Santa Cruz
Unit Chair
Recording Secretary
5 Head Stewards

The term for these offices is from the time the election is certified until the Local’s next Biennial election, which is scheduled for May 2021.

POLLING LOCATIONS:

Times are the same for both Wednesday and Thursday—10:00am to 6:00pm.

Berkeley

Wednesday, May 1: Sather Gate

Thursday, May 2: Evans Hall

Davis

Wednesday, May 1: Memorial Union (quad)

Thursday, May 2: Silo

Irvine

Wednesday, May 1: Ring Road, outside SST

Thursday, May 2: Ring Road, outside FRH

Los Angeles

Wednesday, May 1: Young Research Library

Thursday, May 2: Court of Sciences

Merced

Wednesday, May 1: Lantern

Thursday, May 2: Lantern

Riverside

Wednesday, May 1: Bell Tower

Thursday, May 2: Bytes Eatery

San Diego

Wednesday, May 1: Triton Statue

Thursday, May 2: AP&M

Santa Barbara

Wednesday, May 1: The Arbor

Thursday, May 2: The Courtyard Cafe

Santa Cruz

Wednesday, May 1: Grad Student Commons

Thursday, May 2: PBS Perks Cafe




UCPath – VICTORY! UC agrees to settle grievances

After long negotiations with UAW 2865, UC has finally agreed to compensate over 700 student workers at UCPath campuses who experienced issues with pay, with after-tax amounts ranging from $150-$450. These payments are in addition to any pay owed by the university and are intended to make workers whole for difficulties they experienced—such as late fees, loan interest, stress, and inconvenience—due to missed or late paychecks caused by UCPath.

This victory was only possible because of the determined effort of UAW 2865 members and leaders across the state who came together to confront chancellors, speak with legislators, and talk to their coworkers about the botched UCPath rollout.

UCLA UAW members confront Chancellor Block about UCPath on November 30, 2018.

The payments are determined as follows:

  • $150 for workers who experienced significant underpayment or late pay
  • An additional $150 for every additional month (October-December, 2018), or $75 for every additional pay period (for people paid semi-monthly) in which paycheck problems occurred, up to a total of $450
  • UCPath generated a list of about 400 workers qualified to receive the settlement. UAW 2865 successfully negotiated to include several hundred additional names of workers who reported their issues to the Union

To receive your pay, you must ensure that your pay method is up-to-date in the UCPath portal.

The settlement shows what can be accomplished when workers fight for their rights, and it’s a lesson to carry forward as the UCPath rollout continues at UC-Davis and UC-Berkeley next month.

While it’s great to see the University taking accountability for the harm caused by UCPath, this battle is far from over. Please report here if you continue to experience pay issues, and share this form with any Academic Student Employee you know who might be having problems with UCPath.

Email UAW 2865 if you have any questions or would like to get more involved. Congratulations on this hard-fought victory!




Petition to improve UC-SHIP; ongoing payroll issues

Campaign to Improve Healthcare

Members from across the state have come together to author a petition to the Student Health Advisory Committees and UC Chancellors to make much-needed improvements to Academic Student Employee (ASE) care. Building on ASE responses to a statewide healthcare survey, the petition calls for lower co-pays for mental healthcare, lower dependent care premiums, and member-led peer-to-peer trainings on SHIP.

Missing Pay Hurts Workers, Diminishes UC

UAW Local 2865 member Ian Heimbuch calls out UCPath’s failures in today’s Sacramento Bee.  He’s owed over $8,000 in back pay by the University, and writes “the UC has chosen to place the burden of their own mistakes on the backs of its workers, effectively using them as an interest-free bank while they sort out the payroll system’s kinks.”

UCSB members about to speak with Chancellor Yang about ongoing UCPath issues, Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

At UC-Santa Barbara, union members brought a letter to Chancellor Yang this week demanding that workers—still unpaid for any of the work they performed last quarter—be paid immediately. The Chancellor committed to paying those workers in full by tomorrow, February 1.

Please look at your paystub tomorrow and report here if you have any issues.




Contract Ratification Appeal Final Findings

UAW 2865’s Executive Board issued final findings on the contract ratification appeal, read them here »




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