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Fifth Annual 

United Public Employees Scholarship

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Congratulations to this year's winners!

Ashley Davis, Katrin German, Gabrielle Osorio and Darin Thao

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UPE GOVERNING BOARD NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN!! 

MAIL OR HAND DELIVER TO: 9333 Tech Center Drive, #300, Sacramento, CA 95826

EMAIL TO: info@upe1.org ~ NO FAXED NOMINATION FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED

NOMINATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED AFTER CLOSE OF BUSINESS ON SEPTEMBER 15, 2021. If you have any questions please contact our office at 916-736-9503 or info@upe1.org

ELECTIONS WILL BE HELD BY REGULAR MAIL

BALLOTS WILL BE MAILED BY OCTOBER 8, 2021 TO YOUR LAST KNOWN ADDRESS

 

  

UPE Featured in the Sacramento News & Review! 

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Read how UPE steps in to advocate for members when they need them the most.  

Click here to read more. 

 

 Know Your Rights

It is imperative that you know your employee rights in order to ensure equal treatment and fairness in the workplace. As a public employee, you have rights that are granted through your union contract, state and federal law, and workplace policies. UPE's staff and member-leaders have fought tirelessly throughout the years to expand and protect these rights.

Some of these rights include proper representation during an investigatory meeting pertaining to a disciplinary matter. Your rights to Family Medical Leave Act, American Disabilities Act and sick/vacation leave request/usage. A change of policy that impacts your current working conditions prescribed under the MOU and or government code. All of this matters and we will educate you through this process.

To that end, we are developing a series of short, easy-to-read summaries of many of your employment rights. More summaries will be added to this website over the coming months. Always feel free to ask your Steward and or your Business Representative about your employment rights and how they apply to your specific circumstances. In most cases, your employer is not required to inform you of your rights.

 

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CONTRACT RATIFICATION VOTE 2021

The Court Office Technical & Court Professional bargaining units overwhelmingly voted to accept and ratify their contracts.

Special thanks to the hard-working board members that made this possible.

TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG!

 

DCFAS Telework Policy Update

September 1, 2021

     UPE and the Department met several times over the summer to discuss the Department's updated telework policy. At our last meeting, the Department shared an implementation date of September 1, 2021, once the meet and confer process concluded with all labor organizations.

     UPE has received notice that the telework policy has been revised once again. Therefore, UPE must review the revisions and continue with the meet and confer process.  We’ve notified the Department of our desire to meet and schedule a meeting as soon as possible. UPE is disappointed that the Department continues to delay the implementation of the policy.  We will continue to keep you all posted.

Meet and Confer Update

DHA Reopening

August 9, 2021

     UPE and DHA continued to meet and confer over the Department’s plan to reopen operations on August 23, 2021. The Department had initially proposed a full return to normal operations when they first proposed the plan in late Spring.  UPE always opposed this plan, citing the continued presence of COVID-19, the fact that in-person operations were occurring, and that other services were being offered remotely.  However, the Department pressed on with its plan.  As COVID increased over the summer, UPE renewed its objections to the plan and asked that telework be continued and expanded.  The Department would not back away. 

     However, at this meeting, the Department showed their first signs of backing away from...

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Meet and Confer Update:

DHA Return to Work

July 16, 2021

     UPE and DHA met again on July 16, 2021, regarding their plan to return all workers from telework and begin a long-term telework rotation. UPE began the meeting by clarifying that the issues related to returning people to the office and returning to normal business operations were separate matters and should be addressed independently. The Department agreed but then began insisting that the issues related to returning to work and normal operations had to be concluded at the meeting. 

UPE made it very clear to the Department that they do not get to set the timetable of when our meetings conclude. 

     Our workers deserve to have all their questions answered before the Department begins changes. It is what is right and required under the law.  

     DHA is determining when operations return to normal. Neither the state nor the County is ordering them to reopen on August 23, 2021. The Department chose that date, just as they have chosen the date July 19, 2021, to require all workers to return to the office, other than those with cradle point or ADA accommodations. The Department has been told to return to normal operations, but the pace of that transition is entirely up to them.  

     UPE asked many questions at the meeting, but the Department was only able to give the following answers:

  1. Workers returning to the office will return to their regular workstations; these should be ready for them to use.
  2. If workers require any refreshers about policy and procedures or need retraining, they should...

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Negotiations Update

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ARPA Funding

August 4, 2021

     Your UPE 008 Bargaining Team met with the County’s representatives regarding the County’s use of $300 million in Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds that are partially intended to compensate essential workers. 

     Your UPE 008 Bargaining Team proposed that each 008 member receive a one-time payment of $5000 for the dedication shown and sacrifices made during the pandemic.  In March 2020, Sacramento County deemed...

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 DCFAS Return to Work

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July 14, 2021

     DCFAS began returning to offices on July 12, 2021, as the Department transitions away from COVID-related telework to normal operations.  It appears that the Department did not do an adequate job notifying workers of their need to return on this date.  In fact, it appears UPE provided more notice via our meet and confer update flyers than the Department.  Some workers were left scrambling on the 12th as supervisors emailed and called, telling them to report to work. 

     This level of poor planning by the Department is unacceptable.  When UPE challenged the Department to explain why they did not do a better job noticing employees, they pointed to...

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July 29, 2021

  On July 29, 2021 UPE and the County met to discuss the American Rescue Plan Act. Sacramento County is slated to receive approximately $300 million from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) to support COVID-19 response efforts. These funds are intended to mitigate economic harm from the pandemic in Sacramento County. The County will receive these funds in two installments50% (approximately $150 million, which has been received), and the balance approximately 12 months later. The County may use the funds to:

 

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2021 UPE Members of the Month!

 
UPE Recognizes & Appreciates Your Support!

1st Quarter

2nd Quarter

3rd Quarter 

JULY: Jasmine Sahota, Beatrice Cervantes, William McDougald, April Del Toro, Aqueelah Knowles, Araceli Sanchez, Cynthia Hall, Doris Gee, Genel Almeda, Savina Beundia, John Daugherty, Lisa Gail Holliman, Cindy Billalon

AUGUST: Sophia Diaz, Leila Gomez, Debra Bingham, Araik Margaryan, Bellamy Araksya, Arlene McPeters, Josephine Gilbert, Elizabeth Chang

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

  
STEWARDS TRAINING
 These trainings are for any member who is interested in learning more about their rights and how to make a difference in their workplace. Stewards meet the third Thursday of each month:
6:00pm
(VIA VIDEO CONFERENCE)
In-Person Meetings Suspended Until Further Notice
UPE Office - 9333
Tech Center Drive
Sacramento, CA 95826
Please RSVP info@upe1.org
or call our office 916-736-9503
2021 Stewards Training Schedule

NEWS & EVENTS

September 2021 

All Board Meetings Conducted via ZOOM Until Further Notice 

Weds, Sept 1 - 005 Office Tech Board Meeting, 6 p.m.

Thurs, Sept 2 - Sutter Board Meeting, 12 p.m.

Thurs, Sept 9 - Court Office Tech Board Meeting, 6 p.m. 

Tues, Sept 14 - Court Prof. Board Meeting, 12 p.m.

Tues, Sept 14 - Merced Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. 

Tues, Sept 14 - 008 Board Meeting, 6 p.m.

Thurs, Sept 16 - Yuba Board Meeting, 12 p.m. 

Tues, Sept 21 - Board of Directors Meeting, 6 p.m. 

 

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9333 Tech Center Drive, #300 • Sacramento, CA  95826
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