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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 HAVE CLOSED 

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.  

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 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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Negotiations Update

American Rescue Plan Act Funds (ARPA)

005 and 008 Bargaining Units

September 28, 2021

     On September 28, 2021, Sacramento County canceled meetings again with both the 005 and 008 UPE Negotiations Teams.  This is now the second time the County has canceled meetings with UPE. 

     The Board of Supervisors approved new CEO Ann Edwards to authorize an additional $550,000 for private consulting firm Deloitte and Touche, LLP.  All total, the County has now authorized up to $1,165,000 of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds towards a private consulting company to advise them on how to spend ARPA funds.  All the while, our members, who have been deemed as essential workers throughout this pandemic, have received nothing but a thank you from the County Executive. 

      The County has yet to recognize workers’ efforts in any way!  The County’s priorities are out of line!  The ARPA makes clear that funds may be spent on premium pay for essential workers.  UPE proposed “VIP pay” to the County, which is fair and reasonable monetary compensation for our UPE members who continue to work every single day to keep the County running during this critical and unprecedented time.   

     The County should not need $1,165,000 in advice to understand something that is plainly written in the law.  The County should not need $1,165,000 in advice to distribute and track ARPA monies when they have extremely competent County employees who work for the County Chief Financial Officer who can do this work! The more monies they take from the current $150,000,000 they have received, the less they have to recognize the essential workers!

    UPE is asking its members to voice their discontent with the County Executive’s decision to increase the funding for private consulting firm Deloitte and Touche, LLP to $1,165,000.

    Please go to the attached link and sign the petition demanding County Executive Ann Edwards and the Board of Supervisors show their appreciation to all UPE members who are deemed essential workers by providing them with VIP PAY! 

Click Here to Access Petition: https://chng.it/9gChyhKLPR

Meet & Confer Update –

Countywide Vaccination and Testing program

September 13, 2021

     On September 13th, 2021, UPE met again with the County’s representatives regarding the implementation of the Countywide Vaccination and Testing Program for members who work in healthcare or at-risk settings. The County has agreed to our proposal to hold workers harmless until September 30th. During this time, the County will focus more on informing, educating, and ensuring compliance. We also expressed concern for medically exempt workers from vaccinations, masks, and/or face shields. UPE wants to assure job safety and protections for all. When UPE asked about accommodations for this small group of workers, the County said they would follow up and give us an answer within a few days. All of these new changes and policies can be confusing for everyone. We will continue to keep you updated as matters progress. If you have any further questions, please contact your business agent or UPE directly at (916)736-9503. 

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. 

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DCFAS Telework Policy Update

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October 1, 2021

     Finally, after months of discussions, DCFAS has finalized the Department Telework Policy. The new policy will apply to all 005 and 008 classifications. This is a huge win for our members as previously (pre-pandemic) telework was primarily only available to Social Workers. The new policy will come with a telework agreement and telework application. The telework application will be used only to assess the suitability of telework for a particular job. Not all jobs are suitable for telework. The application is not a performance evaluation, will not be stored in the personnel file, and should only be used as a tool to assist in assessing the work, not the employee. UPE had some concerns about the intent of the form, but the Department assured UPE the form is being used to ensure a consistent assessment across the Department.

     Our members will be able to apply for telework through a web-based system that will automate the forms, approvals, and reminders. The database is expected to go live sometime between October 15, 2021-November 1, 2021, absent any technical issues. The goal is for workers to transition from remote work to telework. Workers will be allowed to request up to 3 days of telework. Telework schedules may vary based on coverage, duties, program needs, performance concerns, etc.  However, supervisors are expected to provide clear communication regarding any recommended adjustments to the workers' telework requests. If issues arise, workers are encouraged to elevate to management. UPE and the Department agreed to meet again in 6 months to discuss any issues.

     Thank you, Sarah Singleton, Paula Brown, Kristina West, Eric Booker, Deanna Green, Amber Wood, Yesenia Limon, for their continued advocacy on this matter.

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Negotiations Update

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American Rescue Plan Act Funding

     Your UPE 005 Negotiations Team and representatives from Sacramento County were scheduled to meet on September 21, 2021. UPE intended to continue discussing our proposal to use ARPA funds to compensate essential workers for their tireless service during the pandemic. Unfortunately, Sacramento County canceled the meeting, stating they had nothing to report as a decision has yet to be made. The parties are now in the process of rescheduling.

     UPE is disappointed that the County continues to delay. Our workers deserve just compensation for their hard work and the sacrifices they continue to make during the pandemic.  The pandemic remains an ongoing reality and risk.  Our workers deserve answers from the County.  

     UPE will continue to fight for our workers to receive rightful recognition and compensation for their continued efforts during the pandemic.  We will continue to keep our members updated as matters progress. 

 

008 Meet & Confer Update

CPS Proposes Changes to Medical Neglect Review Team Policy

September 13, 2021

     Over the last several months, UPE and DCFAS met a number of times to discuss the proposed changes to the Medical Neglect Review Team Policy. UPE questioned the department's rationale behind the changes, as the changes would increase the workload for Social Workers who are already stretched thin. UPE proposed various options to mitigate the workload increase while also recognizing the need for the meeting in some cases. However, the department failed to recognize those efforts and rejected our proposals. As a result, the parties did not reach an agreement.

      Socials Workers are now required to participate in Med-RT meetings prior to the closure of a referral/case involving a child/youth with a complex medical condition despite the lack of nexus between the medical condition and the referral. UPE has made it clear that we do not support this change. Thank you to our Board Members, Sarah Singleton, and Eric Booker, for their advocacy on this matter.

 

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
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In-Person Meetings Suspended Until Further Notice
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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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