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SCR-29 Postsecondary education: University of California: University Council-American Federation of Teachers.(2019-2020)

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Revised  July 10, 2019
Amended  IN  Assembly  July 01, 2019

CALIFORNIA LEGISLATURE— 2019–2020 REGULAR SESSION

Senate Concurrent Resolution
No. 29


Introduced by Senator Leyva
(Principal coauthor: Assembly Member Choi)
(Coauthor: Assembly Member Medina)

March 19, 2019


Relative to the University Council-American Federation of Teachers.


LEGISLATIVE COUNSEL'S DIGEST


SCR 29, as amended, Leyva. Postsecondary education: University of California: University Council-American Federation of Teachers.
This measure would recognize June 27, 2019, as the anniversary of the commencement of the University Council-American Federation of Teachers’ representation of librarians, and commend the University Council-American Federation of Teachers, and librarians represented by the University Council-American Federation of Teachers, Teachers for their contributions to the University of California.
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WHEREAS, The University Council-American Federation of Teachers (UC-AFT) is the union of more than 370 librarians and 5,000 faculty employees who are not members of the Academic Senate of the University of California and who are employed at the 10 campuses of the University of California; and
WHEREAS, UC-AFT members join together to work for and to defend better salaries and benefits, greater security of employment, professional respect and support, workplace rights, academic freedom, legislative solutions to educational policy issues, issues and full access to quality public higher education for our students; and
WHEREAS, UC-AFT has been fighting for better treatment of its members by the University of California for nearly half a century; and
WHEREAS, UC-AFT was formally organized on June 19, 1971, when seven American Federation of Teachers local unions at the University of California voted to establish themselves as a council; and
WHEREAS, Following the passage in 1978 of the Higher Education Employer-Employee Relation Act, which allowed for collective bargaining in the University of California system, representation elections were held for two groups of employees, librarians, librarians and faculty employees who were not members of the Academic Senate of the University of California; and
WHEREAS, In On June 27, 1983, librarians voted to be represented by UC-AFT and began bargaining in December 1983; and
WHEREAS, Librarians at the University of California are critical to providing collection materials and comprehensive instruction on research; and
WHEREAS, Libraries are the heart of the University of California’s educational mission to faculty, students, and the greater public, and librarians are their stewards; and
WHEREAS, Librarians, through training and professional ethics, prize academic and intellectual freedom above all else; and
WHEREAS, Librarians embody the public mission of the University of California of making materials available to all members of the California polity; and

WHEREAS, UC-AFT is fighting to retain academic freedom for its librarian members; and

WHEREAS, UC-AFT is working to provide a living wage to its members to combat the University of California’s serious problem with recruitment and retention of librarians; and

WHEREAS, UC-AFT is trying to secure benefits such as housing as well as sabbatical and parenting leave in order to provide a competitive workplace; and

WHEREAS, UC-AFT is attempting to secure adequate professional development funding for continuing education of members and to support their ability to share knowledge in California and nationally; and

WHEREAS, UC-AFT is working to enforce hard-won contract provisions for librarians in Unit 17, and to provide a broad range of services and benefits to its members; and

WHEREAS, The University Council is made up of nine local unions, one from each campus, with UC San Francisco members and UC Hastings librarians belonging to the UC Berkeley local union; and

WHEREAS, Since the 2018 Janus decision and elimination of fair share fees, UC-AFT has continued full representation of members and its membership has remained steady, and

WHEREAS, UC-AFT has been working in coalition with other UC unions that together now represent more than 60,000 University of California employees systemwide, including 10,000 graduate student instructors; 18,000 clerical staff; 12,000 technical, health, and staff research assistants; and 13,000 service and hospital technicians; as well as nurses, firefighters, and other employees; and
WHEREAS, University Council is affiliated with the California Federation of Teachers and the national American Federation of Teachers (AFT), as well as the American Federation of Labor-Congress of Industrial Organizations and its local Central Labor Councils; and
WHEREAS, Nationally, AFT has more than one million members and has grown by more than 300,000 members in the last decade; and now, therefore, be it

WHEREAS, While these affiliations may seem distant from the campuses of the University of California, each represents a crucial level of support for the defense of UC-AFT member rights; now, therefore, be it

Resolved by the Senate of the State of California, the Assembly thereof concurring, That the Legislature commends the UC-AFT and its represented librarians for their contributions to the University of California system; and be it further resolved hereby recognizes June 27, 2019, as the anniversary of the commencement of the University Council-American Federation of Teachers’ representation of librarians, and commends these librarians for their contributions to the University of California system, and be it further

Resolved, That the Legislature supports UC-AFT’s struggle to retain academic freedom for its librarian members; and be it further resolved

Resolved, That the Legislature commends UC-AFT efforts to secure adequate compensation for its membership to keep the University of California competitive; and be it further resolved

Resolved, That the Secretary of the Senate transmit copies of this resolution to the Office of the President of the University of California and to the author for appropriate distribution.
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