Support the National Prison Strike

Dear Member,

In January, our union’s leadership voted to endorse a national prison labor strike.  Now, the Oakland Local of the Incarcerated Workers Organizing Committee (IWOC) has requested that we stand in solidarity with another Prison Strike set to take place from August 21 through September 9.  Once again, we have voted to endorse this action.

Between August 21 and September 9, incarcerated workers across the country will engage in work-stoppages, sit-ins, and boycotts to spotlight the human rights abuses they endure each day.  Their action is timed to coincide with the anniversary of the Attica Uprising, and the largest prison strike in US history, which took place in September of 2016. Their demands include improved prison conditions, increased access to rehabilitative services, fair compensation for their labor, and reforms to laws that have fueled mass incarceration and stripped incarcerated people of their legal rights.

Endorsing strikes like this lends important support to incarcerated people, and aligns with our union’s promise to seek socially responsible investment and divestment practices at the UC and beyond.  In California, as state investment in public education has plummeted, more and more state funding has been spent locking people up. Incarcerated people have worked in a number of different areas, from making furniture for the UC in the 1980s, to fighting wildland fires today.  The prison system affects many of those who work and study alongside us, which is why the struggle to improve the lives of incarcerated people is directly connected to our own fight for a UC for All.

Our union has added its name to the list of official endorsers of the strike.  If you would like to help more directly, the IWOC has asked individuals to call or send letters to their elected representatives, share the strikers demands, and ask them where they stand on the issue.  A sample script is below.

Solidarity,

Joint Council of UAW Local 2865

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Hello, my name is __________, I am a student worker at the University of California and a constituent of _________.  

I am calling to ask whether or not __________ has taken a position on the National Prison Strike, currently taking place across the country.  Incarcerated people have demanded improved prison conditions, increased access to rehabilitative programs, fair compensation for their labor, and reforms to sentencing and prison litigation laws.

As a public employee of the state of California, it concerns me that men and women are kept in inhumane conditions and given little chance to improve their lives.  I urge __________ to express their support for the prison strike and do fight harder for working people in our state.

Do you know if __________ has plans to endorse?

*** *** *** *** *** *** ***

Dear __________,

My name is __________.  I am a student-worker at the University of California, and a constituent of __________.

I am writing to ask whether or not __________ has taken a position on the National Prison Strike, currently taking place across the country.  Incarcerated people have demanded improved prison conditions, increased access to rehabilitative programs, fair compensation for their labor, and reforms to sentencing and prison litigation laws.

As a public employee of the state of California, it concerns me that men and women are kept in inhumane conditions and given little chance to improve their lives.  I urge __________ to endorse the prison strike and do fight harder for working people in our state.

Sincerely,

__________

Member, UAW Local 2865




Results of Contract Ratification Vote

By a margin of 58.6% to 41.4% (2,564 yes votes to 1,810 no votes), members have voted to ratify the contract. This was one of the largest turnouts for a contract ratification vote in our Union’s history. You can find the full text of the final ratified proposals here and the breakdown of votes by campus below:

Campus YES NO
Davis 238 206
Berkeley 751 540
Merced 69 34
Santa Cruz 72 349
Santa Barbara 234 106
Riverside 188 52
Los Angeles 554 197
Irvine 259 98
San Diego 198 226
San Francisco 1 2
STATEWIDE TOTALS 2564 1810

 

Please email the Elections Committee at elections@uaw2865.org if you have any questions.

Kevin Kadowaki
Elections Committee Chair




Ratification Vote reminder and position statements

As we hope you are aware, we currently have a vote underway on whether or not to ratify a Tentative Agreement that our bargaining team has reached with UCOP for our next contract. You can see the details of the agreement here.

A majority of the Bargaining Team voted to reach Tentative Agreement on this offer and to send it to membership for a vote. This decision was not unanimous, however, and you can read the dissenting opinion here on why some Bargaining Team members oppose ratifying the agreement. The majority statement supporting ratification is available here.

Regardless of how you decide to cast your vote, we hope you will take the time to participate in this vital decision for our union’s future.

Instructions for Voting Online:

You should have received an email from communications@uaw2865.org via surveymonkey.com entitled, “Vote Now: Contract Ratification” which contains a unique-to-you online ballot. If you do not see this email in your inbox, please search for the sender and/or subject line, or check your many folders (promotions, spam, trash, etc.). You can also pre-approve all messages from communications@uaw2865.org by going into your settings/filters and enabling emails from this sender.

If you still cannot locate your ballot-email, please fill out this form and we will resend it to you. Please note: we are sending/resending ballot emails on a rolling basis, so you may not receive it immediately after filling out the form. We appreciate your patience!

You can also vote in person on your campus. In-person voting times and locations are listed below.

In Solidarity,

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

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BERKELEY POLLING LOCATIONS AND TIMES
Monday, August 20: 12-2pm, Sather Gate
Tuesday, August 21: 12-2pm, Evans Hall

DAVIS POLLING LOCATIONS AND TIMES
Monday, August 20: 12-2pm, Memorial Union (quad)
Tuesday, August 21: 12-2pm, Silo

IRVINE POLLING LOCATIONS AND TIMES
Monday, August 20: 12-2pm, Ring Road, outside FRH
Tuesday, August 21: 12-2pm, Ring Road, outside SST

LOS ANGELES POLLING LOCATIONS AND TIMES
Monday, August 20: 12-2pm, Young Research Library
Tuesday, August 21: 12-2pm, Court of Sciences

MERCED POLLING LOCATIONS AND TIMES
Monday, August 20: 12-2pm, Lantern
Tuesday, August 21: 12-2pm Lantern

RIVERSIDE POLLING LOCATIONS AND TIMES
Monday, August 20: 12-2pm, Bell Tower
Tuesday, August 21: 12-2pm, Bytes Eatery

SAN DIEGO POLLING LOCATIONS AND TIMES
Monday, August 20: 12-2pm, Triton Statue
Tuesday, August 21: 12-2pm, AP&M

SANTA BARBARA POLLING LOCATIONS AND TIMES
Monday, August 20: 12-2pm, Courtyard Cafe
Tuesday, August 21: 12-2pm, GSA Lounge

SANTA CRUZ POLLING LOCATIONS AND TIMES
Monday, August 20: 12-2pm, Grad Student Commons
Tuesday, August 21: 12-2pm, Science Hill, between the bus stop and the Perk’s cafe near PBS




Ratification Straw Poll Results – August 17, 2018

Thank you to all the members statewide who participated in our Union’s straw poll on the UC administration’s final offer in contract negotiations. The majority of members statewide have communicated that they want the Bargaining Team to put UC’s final offer to a ratification vote. The results of the straw poll are the following:

Campus Yes, the bargaining team should put this contract to ratification. No, and I am prepared to strike and/or help organize a strike to help win more than UC’s most recent offer. Total
Berkeley 405 (54.7%) 335 (45.3%) 740
Davis 167 (57.4%) 124 (42.6%) 291
Irvine 107 (68.2%) 50 (31.8%) 157
Los Angeles 215 (58.9%) 150 (41.1%) 365
Merced 30 (75.0%) 10 (25.0%) 40
Riverside 84 (65.1%) 45 (34.9%) 129
San Diego 73 (39.5%) 112 (60.5%) 185
San Francisco 0 (0.0%) 1 (100.0%) 1
Santa Barbara 109 (59.9%) 73 (40.1%) 182
Santa Cruz 67 (22.4%) 232 (77.6%) 299
Statewide 1,257 (52.6%) 1,132 (47.4%) 2389

Note: While over 2,000 people participated, this is a small portion of the overall membership.  Please encourage more of your colleagues to participate in union activities, including voting. Also, a number of members indicated that the straw poll email got stuck in their email spam filter. To ensure delivery of future emails, please add communications@uaw2865.org to your address book, contacts or safe senders list.

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

Margaret Mary Downey (Berkeley)
Garrett Shishido Strain (Berkeley)
Emily Breuninger (Davis)
Ashlyn Jaeger (Davis)
Kurt Horner (Irvine)
Francisco Ilabaca (Irvine)
Jonathan Koch (Los Angeles)
Alli Carlisle (Los Angeles)
Kyle McMillin (Riverside)
Ben DeMasi-Sumner (Riverside)
Angela Berti (San Diego)
Davide Carpano (San Diego)
Emily Ellis (Santa Barbara)
Hannah Kagan-Moore (Santa Barbara)
Ana McTaggart (Santa Cruz)
Kyle Galindez (Santa Cruz)




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 20: 12-2pm, Courtyard Cafe

Tuesday, August 21: 12-2pm, GSA Lounge

SANTA CRUZ POLLING LOCATIONS AND TIMES

Monday, August 2012-2pm, Grad Student Commons

Tuesday, August 2112-2pm, Science Hill, between the bus stop and the Perk’s cafe near PBS​




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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