Late paycheck? Take action!

Despite our proactive outreach to top UC administrators alerting them to the problems with the UCPath payroll system, we have heard from hundreds of workers who were not paid or were paid the wrong amount.

If you are not being paid, or being paid the wrong amount:

  1. Report your issue to our union. If you have heard anything about pay from your department or UC administrators, let us know in the comments section.
  2. Contact your elected representatives. As a public institution, UC is accountable to the lawmakers we elect, and they need to take action when UC is not paying its workers. We created this statement template that you can copy/paste into the representatives’ contact forms on their web pages. You can also email the text to their provided email.

A few other pieces of information:

  • The new contract recently ratified by union members included a one-time bonus of $100. We have learned that if you were entered into the new UC Path system between Oct. 1 and Oct. 31, you should receive your bonus in your Dec. 1 check.
  • Check whether you’ve been paid correctly by following this easy checklist.

The letter our Executive Board sent to top UC administrators can be found on our website.

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I work as an Academic Student Employee (ASE) at UCSB.

November 1st was payday, but the University has not paid me or hundreds of my co-workers. This violates our union contract and creates serious hardships for ASEs:

  • Missing or paying rent late,
  • Being unable to pay for groceries and medication,
  • Paying tuition on credit cards, and
  • Being dropped from classes because tuition is not remitted/paid.

UC’s new payroll system UCPath caused the failure to pay us on time, despite grievances (UCRUCSBUCLAMerced) and a letter to UC’s Senior Leadership urging them to ensure our timely pay. This not only hurts ASEs, but also wastes precious state resources–the California State Auditor projected that UCPath would cost UC $942 million.

Please contact UCSB Chancellor Yang and urge him to pay us immediately and make us whole for any harm resulting from the failure of UCPath.




Check Your Check! Late and Non-Payment Issues with New UC Payroll System

Dear Member,

Are you looking forward to your November 1 paycheck? Me too, but right now I’m worried I’m not going to get paid. That’s because this will be the first check for TAs at UCLA and UCSB under the University’s new UCPath payroll system. UCPath has cost UC nearly $1 billion*, but has been a disaster everywhere it’s been implemented.

So this Thursday (Nov 1st), students at UCSB, UCLA, Riverside, and Merced need to be on alert for underpayment, overpayment, or missing pay altogether.

Hundreds of student workers paid biweekly at UCLA have already missed multiple paychecks since the start of the quarter. At Santa Barbara, students across campus are experiencing delays in tuition remission. Many students have been forced to take out emergency loans and pay tuition on credit cards, and we’ve lost access to benefits that we need to survive. Because of UCPath, I may have to pay for my health insurance out of pocket this term. It’s become so dire that the UCLA administration gave unpaid undergraduate workers the address of a nearby food bank. That’s an outrage.

Yesterday, our union’s Executive Board sent a letter to Dwaine Duckett, Vice President of Human Resources at UC, demanding that the University fix this problem immediately. We also demanded an in-person meeting with Duckett and the head administrators behind UCPath. Union leadership at each of the affected campuses has filed grievances (UCR, UCSB, UCLA, Merced) covering every worker with a bad paycheck or missing benefits, demanding to be made whole. But in order to make sure nobody is left unaccounted for, it is important that you get in touch.

If you work on one of the affected campuses, please consult the pay rates guaranteed by our contract and calculate what you expect to receive in your November 1 paycheck. Keep in mind that your gross November pay should also include a $100 one-time lump sum that we received with the ratification of the new contract.

If your pay or tuition remission is inaccurate or delayed, please fill out this form immediately, and a union steward from your campus will be in touch with you. You should also fill out the form if you experienced any issues that have already been resolved.

In Solidarity,

Griffin Johnson
Union Steward, Department of Film, Television and Digital Media, UCLA

P.S. I hope you got a chance to vote last week in our Union’s vacancy election! You can see the elections results here.

P.P.S. Your union is hiring! See the job call for field organizers on our website and at unionjobs.com.

*https://www.bsa.ca.gov/pdfs/reports/2016-125.2.pdf




October 2018 Vacancy Election Results

We write to announce the results of the recent vacancy election for the statewide Executive Board positions of Northern Vice President, Recording Secretary, and Trustee. The vote totals were:

Northern Vice President

  • Gaelan Ash: 507
  • Marcelo Mendez: 220

Recording Secretary

  • Alli Carlisle: 481
  • Veronica Hamilton: 245

Trustee

  • Andrew Y. Elrod: 458
  • Corey Mengual: 261

Thanks to all those who voted, and congratulations to our newly elected officers!

In solidarity,
Local 2865 Elections Committee




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?

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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




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