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Recipients to be Announced in July!!

The UPE Board of Directors is proud to announce the 3rd  Annual United Public Employees Scholarship competition. Open to UPE members' families, the program offers four $1500 scholarships to help with college expenses..

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 008 Meet & Confer Update 

Impact of Staffing Levels on DHA

    UPE and DHA met on June 26, 2019 to discuss the impact of reduced staffing levels on 008 workers in DHA. UPE questioned the department extensively about what requirements are in place currently for our workers that are Sacramento County mandates and not State or Federal Mandates. DHA Division Manager Renee Lowder claimed that they have communicated to managers and supervisors that workers are not to be pressured due to high workloads. DHA managers stated they want workers to focus on quality service rather than quantity. UPE made it clear that this message is not being received on the floor by workers who are still being pressured by supervisors to do more with less. 

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 Sutter Court Meet and Confer Update

Personnel Manual


   Representatives from UPE met and conferred with the Court on June 18, 2019 to discuss the Personnel Manual.  UPE proposed over a dozen changes to the manual in order to improve the day-to-day operations of the Court for our members.  The two sides reached tentative agreement on some changes, agreed to continue to meet over the Manual and scheduled to meet again July 16, 2019.  In particular, the two sides will discuss a more extensive revision to the evaluation process at the follow up meeting.  UPE will continue to update the membership after the next meeting.  

008 Meet & Confer Update 
Unit 3 Contract Ratification Vote Results 

    On June 19, 2019, Unit 3 members voted to ratify their contract. See the results below: 

Yes: 86% 

No: 14%

008 Meet & Confer Update 
Changes to the Long Term Care Unit at DHA Rancho

        UPE met and conferred with the County over the procedural changes for the Long Term Care (LTC) Unit at DHA Rancho Bureau. The LTC Unit is comprised of a unit of 8 eligibility workers; however, currently there are 2 vacancies and 1 other person is on a leave of absence. As a result, only 5 of the 8 positions are currently filled. UPE expressed concern over the LTC staffing levels.


The County will be implementing an, “Agent Line”, which customers can sign telephonically. The agent line is only for telephonic signatures. There are no other verifications via phone. The LTC unit will only be required to log into Cisco at the time we may use an electronic signature. 


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008 Meet & Confer Update

CPS- FSW Youth Transport Pilot 

       UPE met and conferred with representatives from DCFAS on June 20, 2019 to discuss the Department’s plan to contract with Hop, Skip, Drive to provide additional School Runs when FSW’s are unavailable.  According to the Department, they face an increasing need to provide school transport for Foster youth due to AB 490’s requirement that foster youth continue to attend their school of origin.  At times over the last year, the Department needed to delay providing transport for youth for up to 4 days until FSW transport could be arranged.  

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Yuba Court Meet & Confer Update 
Student Interns
    Representatives from UPE met and conferred with the Court on June 24th, 2019 to discuss the Court's plan to start a student intern program. Interns will be hired as limited term extra-help employees and will be paid $12.00 an hour. The Court plans to only select children and possibly grandchildren of current Court employees. The interns will be scanning old DCSS documents that are currently stored in the Court basement. Interns will be paid using AB 1058 funds designated for DCSS cases. This money can only be spent on these cases and therefore the interns will only handle DCSS documents. The Court plans to hire no more than 10 interns who will be able to work from JUly 2019 until the end of July 2020. 

 005 Salary Survey Update!

    On May 30, 2019, UPE met with the County to continue our disussion around the 005 Salary Survey. UPE presented job specs to the County from the jurisdictions that we believe should be included in the salary survey. These included: Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara Counties. At the last meeting, the County agreed to include Contra Costa, but they continue to oppose including the other two counties. UPE reminded the County that discussions from our previous meeting led to the understanding that the County would take a look at the information we've provided from our proposed jurisdictions. 

005 Meet & Confer Update 
SDA Vehicle Policy

     UPE met on Friday, June 28th with the District regarding its vehicle policy. For the most part, this is just a reiteration of the existing County Policy which updates what they have internally. The only real change that some of you may notice is the training that will be coming regarding “pre checks” of the vehicles. This is an inspection of the vehicle prior to using it, and while meeting with the County and the District it was apparent that this was not something being done across the board. We felt that it would be necessary to back up this policy with some training, and the District will be in touch when they have a training procedure ready. 


 008 Meet and Confer Update

Caseload Reduction Black Child Legacy Social Workers


       UPE and CPS continued meeting over a possible caseload reduction for BCL Social Workers.  The two sides previously met in February.  At that meeting, UPE proposed that BCL workers receive a .8 caseload reduction.  This would place them in line with other out- stationed social workers and would help to account for the additional duties they are required to perform as a part of the BCL program.  UPE argued that BCL workers must take on a significant number of extra duties at their locations, which makes it extremely difficult to keep up with their normal caseload.  

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 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:
UPE Office - 9333
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2019 Steward Training Schedule



Wed, July 3rd- 005 Office Technical Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. at UPE

Tue, July 9th - Court Professionals Unit Meeting, 12:00 p.m. at FRC

Tue, July 9th - Merced County Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. at 2222 M Street, Room 310

Tue, July 9th - 008 Welfare Non-Supervisory Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. at UPE

Thu, July 11th- Sutter Board Meeting, 12:00 p.m. at Sutter

Thu, July 11th - Court Office Technical Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. at UPE

Thursday, July 18th- Yuba Board Meeting, 12:00 p.m. at TBD

Thu, July 18th - 6:00 p.m. at UPE
- Stewards Council: Advanced Department of Labor Rights
- Basic Steward Training II (Session 2)

Tue, July 23rd - Board of Directors Meeting, 6:00 p.m. at UPE

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