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Janel Munguia, Student Affairs Officer III, UCLA
Before I became an SAO, and before the SSP campaign started, staff received regular annual salary step increases to keep up with inflation. UC created new job titles as to do away with step increases and fool employees into thinking they’d be eligible for increased salary “ranges” which they rarely implement.
As a long-time career employee, I am concerned about my retirement security. Now UC is undermining our defined benefit plan with “tiers” and defined contribution options that divert pension funding.
UPTE gives us a voice on these issues and makes our needs and interests visible.
Hayley Safonov, Student Affairs Officer III, UCLA
As an undergraduate advisor for the Department of World Arts and Cultures/Dance, I coordinate, plan, develop, and implement policies for effective counseling services for graduate and undergraduate programs.
UCLA is a top research institution embodying a community of students, faculty, and staff. Student Services Professionals (SSPs) are tightly woven within the fabric of this community. We advise students, manage crises, and provide programming to enhance the educational experience.
UPTE representation and collective bargaining are the surest ways to gain recognition for our contributions to UC, and to maintain and attract a strong caliber of SSPs to better support the scholarly work of our students and faculty.
Sandy Valdivieso, Student Affairs Officer III, UCLA
I manage general administrative and student service functions of two interdepartmental undergraduate programs. I plan, implement, and evaluate student affairs functions, and serve as liaison between prospective and approximately 700 enrolled students, area studies centers, and University faculty and administration.
We need to retain quality employees by offering competitive salaries, benefits, and a manageable workload for our university and students to thrive. UPTE can help us achieve that.
Magda Yamamoto, Student Affairs Officer III, UCLA
I support UPTE because it is important to be represented. UPTE will fight and support us.