A Message from the Executive Director
UPE Union Sisters and Brothers: As we commence upon a new year we look forward as a union to create positive changes in the workplace and the communities in which our members reside. By regaining our Independence from PEU Local 1 our resources now stay local and go towards representation and local issues versus an International agenda. It will be collectively our UPE agenda, set by the UPE union members who make up the UPE Board of Directors.
I am pleased to welcome 300 employees from Merced County to the UPE family. They were in dire need of representation. UPE is up to the challenges ahead with the administration in Merced County and we are determined to provide the representation and assert our advocacy. Merced County is a natural fit with UPE. The workers in Merced work in many of the same departments such as Human Services, DA, Sherriff, Voter Registration as their Brothers and Sisters in Sacramento.
We are excited to begin the year by building to our contract campaigns in 2018. We must stand collectively firm and resilient in our pursuit to obtain livable wage increases, affordable healthcare, a viable retirement, and a reasonable contract. We have revamped our website and will be providing e-newsletters to enhance our communications to our membership. If you would like to receive the e-newsletter please sign up by clicking on the link on our homepage.
As a UPE member your voice begins to be heard now! Being the biggest Union, UPE members set the tone for bargaining with the employer as a combined membership of 4300 in Sacramento County, Sacramento Superior Court and Merced County. UPE members possess the collective bargaining strength, UPE solidarity and UPE pride to set the tone at bargaining! Together we are United, Together we are Invincible, and Together we are STRONG!
A Message from the Board of Directors Chair
2016 was a year of great change for UPE. On August 18, 2016 UPE members voted 97% to 3% to disaffiliate from Public Employees Union (PEU). Your UPE Board Members supported the disaffiliation because the affiliation no longer served the best interest of UPE membership. Since breaking from PEU, UPE is stronger than ever. We have maintained all our staff, acquired a new UPE Business Office, and are in a stronger financial position to invest in our membership and our community.
As the Chair of the UPE Board of Directors, I am excited to announce a number of new efforts the New UPE will be undertaking in 2017. As a part of our continued commitment to our members, this summer UPE will offer four $1500 scholarships to high school students or junior college students moving on to a four-year college. We see the scholarships as a way for the Union to support our members as they help their relatives take the next step in their education. UPE will also be increasing our member appreciation efforts. To start, we are kicking off a monthly employee appreciation program. Each month a random selection of UPE members will be presented $20 gift cards as a way to say thanks for their hard work and support of UPE. As the year progresses we will be rolling out even more member appreciation initiatives. As a member-run Union, our members come first and in our new position we are better able to give back to our members.
Beyond our members, UPE is also reaching out to help support our communities. In January, the UPE Board of Directors made a $10,000 donation on behalf of our members to help fight homelessness in Sacramento County. In March, UPE will participate in the Cesar Chavez Day of Service. Our members will fan out across the community to participate in projects to help elevate our communities. As the year moves forward the UPE Board of Directors will be reaching out to our members with other opportunities to give back to our communities. I and your other elected leaders are excited about UPE's future. Please check out your bulletin boards, newsletters, UPE1.org, and our Facebook page for updates on more exciting announcements as the year progresses.
Together We Are Strong!
UPE Board of Directors, Chair
UPE Steps UP with $10,000 Donation to Support Emergency Shelter for Sacramento County Homeless
On January 19th, 2017 UPE joined with Sacramento Mayor Darrell Steinberg, County Supervisor Phil Serna, and other community partners to announce a major effort to provide emergency shelter, food, water, and blankets for those suffering from homelessness in Sacramento County.
UPE Takes Part in 2017 MLK March for the Dream
On January 16, 2017 UPE members stopped to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and remember Dr. King's fight for equality, justice, and civil rights. UPE Members and staff joined 25,000 other Marchers to take part in the MLK March for the Dream.
Tips for Completing DHA PDQ
UPE's advice on participation in the DHA Classification Study.
Unit 3 Employees Being Singled Out
UPE dissents from a recent fact finder's decision relating to Unit 3 Contract negotiations. UPE believes our members deserve better than the treatment they are receiving from Merced County.
UPE Members on Front Lines of Election 2016
The 2016 Presidential election was a historic moment for the United States and UPE members played a big role.
2016 Governing Board Election Results
UPE is excited to welcome a number of new faces to its Governing Boards.