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Greetings Union Sisters and Brothers.

On March 14, 2018, your contract team met with the County for a 3rd bargaining session.  The union and the County exchanged a significant number of proposals.  The next bargaining session will be on March 28, 2018 which is also the deadline for providing new proposals.  Your contract team appreciates the input you have given us through the bargaining surveys and at the first BAC (Bargaining Action Committee) meeting on March 13, 2018.

We anticipate that once all proposals are on the table on March 28, 2018, we will have a better idea of what kind of a fight we are in for this time.

Please plan to attend the next Bargaining Action Committee meeting (BAC).

Bargaining Action Committee Meeting

Tuesday, April 3, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

UPE Office - 9333 Tech Center Drive, Ste 300


Together We Are Stronger!


008 Bargaining Action Committee Meeting

 All 008 UPE members are encouraged to attend the first 008 BAC (Bargaining Action Committee) meeting to hear the list of proposals and ask your negotiation team any questions.

 Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 6:00 pm.

United Public Employee

9333 Tech Center Drive, Ste 300

Sacramento, CA  95826

In Solidarity your 008 Bargaining Board.



 Free Income Tax Prep Services

 UPE will be working in solidarity with other area unions and the United Way in order to reach the underserved communities that could significantly benefit from saving money getting their income taxes prepared for free.


Sacramento Food Bank 3308 Third Avenue

Saturday, April 7th 

9:00am coffee & doughnuts will be offered

 Teens are welcome to join & earn their Community Service Hours.

RSVP to info@upe1.org or call 916-726-9503

We hope to see you there!


Tentative Agreement Ratified!

Merced - Unit 3

It is with great pleasure that the UPE Unit 3 bargaining team announces that our members approved the tentative agreement contract by a resounding 96%. The next step is for the Board of Supervisors to add this item to their Board agenda for final approval which we understand will occur in March or April. If approved, the raise will go into effect in July of this year. We will keep you posted.

Thank you all for participating. We had a high voter turnout for Unit 3 employees and we are very proud of this fact!

If you like to become more involved in the union, please feel to contact, Angel Barajas at Barajas@upe1.org or any member of your Board of Directors via upeunit3@gmail.com




Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Today we met with the County and your union submitted 7 proposals. To our displeasure the County did not come prepared; the representatives from their departments were not present including the Director of Labor Relations. Your negotiation team sternly voiced their concerns as we were prepared to negotiate a fair and reasonable contract. However, by today’s actions, it is hard to believe that the County shares those same concerns. Please attend our first Bargaining Action Committee to hear the list of proposals and ask your negotiation team any questions.

 In Solidarity your 005 Bargaining Board

Bargaining Action Committee Meeting

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

6:00pm to 7:30pm

UPE Office 9333 Tech Center Drive 300


The Court Stalls on Negotiations

On January 30, 2018 UPE sent a letter to the Court noticing them of our intent to commence negotiations no later than February 28, 2018.  In addition, UPE asked for information regarding their Chief Negotiator.  As of today March 2, 2018, the Court has yet to provide us that information nor have they provided us any dates to commence bargaining.

UPE will not be deterred by the Courts lack of movement.  We have been preparing for weeks now, collecting surveys, gathering salary information, and will begin outlining proposals next week.

We have to stay strong, united and ready to mobilize if necessary.  UPE members deserve a fair contract with livable wages and benefits.

Stay tuned for more information and notification on upcoming Bargaining Advisory Meetings.

 Together We Are Strong!


008 Bargaining Update

 February 28, 2018

 Greetings, Union Sisters and Brothers. 

 On February 28, 2018 your Contract Team met with the County for a second bargaining session.  Agreement was reached on “Ground Rules” for bargaining, a necessary preliminary step. 

 As a beginning to actual bargaining, the union gave 7 “non-economic” contract proposals to the County.  The County stated they would begin giving us their contract proposals at a later date.  Our next bargaining session will be on March 14, 2018 and the deadline for exchanging new proposals is March 28, 2018.

 Your Team appreciates your responses to the 008 Bargaining Survey.  Please click on the survey link and submit your survey if you have not already done so, to preserve survey integrity.  Please include your first and last name, or your response will not be counted.


 Please plan to attend the 008 Bargaining Advisory Committee meeting on Tuesday March 13, 2018 at 6:00 pm at UPE, 9333 Tech Center Drive, Ste 300.

 All 008 UPE members are welcome!

Together we are strong!


 Tentative Agreement Summary

UPE-Unit 3

*Term: From July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019.

 *Salaries: 2% effective pay period 15 (paid on 7/27/18).

 *Vacation Sell Back: Unit 3 employees may elect to sell back a maximum of 20 hours of accrued vacation time. This will be based on the employee’s calculated hourly wage rate at the end of pay period 24 and issued in pay period 25.   

*Catastrophic leave: Increases the annual number of hours employees can donate from 16 to 32.

 *Differential Clean up Language-Special Duty Pay: Expands current language to cover employees who provide onsite duties rather than only those “assigned” to receive the differential. This applies to Behavior Health in the in-patient unit and CSU.

 *On-Call Pay: Will be extended to apply to employees who have an alternate work schedule so they get paid while on call.

 *Evening/Night Shift Differential: Increases the night shift differential pay by five (5) hours. Previous hours were from 9:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. Will expand to include hours from 9:00 p.m. to 8:00 a.m.

 *Sick Leave: Adds language known as Assembly Bill 1522 (AB 1522). AB 1522 allows employees to accrue up to an additional three (3) paid sick days in a 12 month period. This is for an employee (or qualifying employee family member) who is a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or stalking.

 * Healthcare: The employer will contribute to the healthcare plan, up to the maximum contributions listed, as follows:





Maximum Contribution (Blended)


100% up to the maximum contribution

Any Amount over the maximum contribution



50% up to the maximum contribution

50% plus any Amount over the maximum contribution



50% up to the maximum contribution

50% plus any Amount over the maximum contribution



50% up to the maximum contribution

50% plus any Amount over the maximum contribution



The employee’s share of premium over the County’s maximum contribution will be deducted through the normal bi-weekly payroll process.

 Reopener: Upon written notice between August 1, 2018 and August 15, 2018, or within 15 calendar days of receiving notice of new rates for the following year, either party may reopen negotiations to discuss increases in the County maximum healthcare contribution amount.

 *Probationary Period: Employees will have a probationary period consisting of 2080 regular paid hours [an increase from six (6) months to 12 months].

 *Written Reprimand: Grievances filed as the result of a letter of reprimand can only be appealed up to the employee’s Department head or designee. Letters of reprimand will not be eligible for hearings by an Administrative Officer.

 All other unchanged terms of the current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) will continue into the new MOU.



New Proposed Policies at SMHTC

UPE and the County met and conferred over two (2) proposed policies impacting members at the Sacramento Mental Health Treatment Center.  The first policy, Processing Patient Property and the second is the Facility Access Policy.  The Processing Patient Property policy mainly focused around a new procedure when processing intake and release of marijuana.  Marijuana is now legal in the state of California.  As a result, it is seen as personal property and will be treated as so.  Office Assistants and Sr. Office Assistants will process the property on intake and release.  It will be weighed, bagged, sealed, and labeled. UPE asked if there will be a specific procedure and training.  The County replied yes.

Furthermore, the policy outlined specific items the patient cannot maintain at any time during admission.  The second policy, Facility Access Policy is primarily directing staff not to leave their facility badges and keys unattended.  Always have them in your possession, and while off duty, “…keys shall be kept in a secured environment to minimize or prevent loss or theft.  Keys shall be placed in a standardized safe place, protected from children, roommates, etc.” UPE asked if an employee believed they have not necessity lost but, “misplaced” their key and or badge, should they still immediately call their supervisor.  The County replied, “Yes. Call their supervisor and or AOD.  Please report it, ASAP.” 

UPE asked if discipline will occur if an employee lost their key.  The County replied that an employee could be disciplined if it’s a reoccurring pattern, or if the employee did not report their key in a reasonable timely manner.  UPE asked when the implementation of this policy would take effect, and when will training occur.  The County replied sometime in March. Finally, UPE requested the right to meet and confer if needed, after implementation.  The County did not object and was in support of our request.  If you have any concerns please contact you’re Business Agent, Angel Barajas at Barajas@upe1.org.


005 Bargaining Update
February 21, 2018

Greetings Union Sisters and Brothers:

The 005 contract is due to expire on June 30, 2018. The 005 Negotiations Team and the County met on February 21, 2018 to discuss ground rules and preparations for the upcoming bargaining sessions. The next scheduled session is set for March 7, 2018. Now is the time for us all to pull together and show the County we are unified.
Now is the time to provide your input for benefits, wages, and equitable treatment.
Now is the time to show our strength.

If you have ideas for proposals you would like the 005 Negotiations Team to review and assess those proposals, Now Is The Time.

You can send your proposals to your assigned Business Agents and they will ensure the Negotiations Team receives your suggestions, ideas, and proposals.

To begin receiving direct e-mail updates and action calls from UPE, please click on the Stay Connected Link Below.

Stay Connected

In the near future, an announcement will be made as to when the first BAC (Bargaining Action Committee) meeting will be held at the UPE office located at:

United Public Employees
9333 Tech Center Drive Ste 300
Sacramento, CA 95826
008 Bargaining Update
February 14, 2018

Greetings Union Sisters and Brothers.

It's that time again. The 008 contract will expire on June 30, 2018, and preliminary contract negotiations have begun. Your 008 Bargaining Team met with the County on February 14, 2018, and discussed ground rules for bargaining. The next bargaining session will be on February 28, 2018.

Your input is essential to the bargaining process, where your pay, benefits and worker protections are fought for at the table by your team and by you (the members) at your worksites. If you have not already completed an 008 Bargaining Survey, please do so now by clicking on the link below. Individual responses are held confidential, but you must include your name to preserve the integrity of the survey.

008 Bargaining Survey

To begin receiving direct e-mail updates and action calls from UPE, please click here to Stay Connected with UPE.

All 008 UPE members are encouraged to attend the first 008 BAC (Bargaining Action Committee) meeting on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 6:00 pm at the UPE Office.

United Public Employees
9333 Tech Center Drive Ste 300
Sacramento, CA 95826


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 Cesar Chavez Day of Service

 Join UPE as we honor the memory of labor leader Cesar Chavez with a Day of Service at the American River Ranch. The historic American River Ranch is one of the last working farms on the lower American River. We will be planting trees, preparing the garden for planting, and beautifying the farm together with the staff and other volunteers.

March 30, 2018


American River Ranch

2140 Chase Drive

Rancho Cordova, CA 95670



Unit 3 Members Speak to the Board of Supervisors

Negotiations Team Introduces Base Wage Increase Proposals

Last week, UPE Unit 3 members spoke to the Board of Supervisors during the public comment section requesting a livable wage. These members spoke about the economic struggles our clerical employees have endured, including some who have had to seek aide while being employed as Merced County employees.

A very powerful message to the Board of Supervisors! We hope they heard us loud and clear. Unit 3 employees need a livable wage not a 1% base wage increase!

Hear the stories for yourself at on our YouTube page.  

A few days after speaking at the Board of Supervisors meeting, UPE and Merced County met on February 1, 2018 for yet another negotiation session. UPE introduced wage proposals that include 1) a 2.5% base wage increase for a one-year contract or 2) a base wage increase based on the annual CPI (Consumer Price Index) for a three-year contract.

The County negotiation team will be going back to the Board of Supervisors (the next meeting is February 6th) with our proposals and to receive direction.

UPE will meet again with the County on February 13, 2018 for another bargaining session. We will keep you updated.

A union’s power comes from the collective strength of its members!

Please email Angel Barajas at Barajas@upe1.org to get involved!

UPE Court Office-Technical Bargaining Unit Members

Your UPE Negotiating Team is asking for your input on upcoming contract negotiations. Your input is very IMPORTANT. The proposals presented to the Court negotiations team will be derived from your responses. What issues are most important to you? What are you willing to fight for?

We are using an online survey.  To receive a link to the survey, please contact your Business Agent or a Court Office Technical Board Member.  


UPE Joins Forces with the Sacramento Central Labor Council

UPE is very excited to announce our partnership with the Sacramento Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO (SCLC).  Learn More


Wednesday, March 7 - 005 Office Technical Unit meeting 6:00 pm @ UPE

Thursday, March 8 - Court Office Technical Unit Meeting 6:00 pm @ UPE

Tuesday, March 13 - 008 Welfare Non-Supervisory Unit meeting 6:00 pm @ UPE

Tuesday, March 13  - Merced County Unit 3 Board Meeting 5:30 pm at 2222 M Street, Merced,  CA 95340

Tuesday, March 13 - Court Professionals Unit meeting 12:00n @ FRC 

Tuesday, March 27 - UPE Board of Directors meeting 6:00 pm @ UPE 





Join UPE - the largest independent public sector union in Sacramento County - as we fight for livable wages and fair contracts for our members and their families.
Together We Are Strong!


 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
Tech Center Drive
Sacramento, CA 95826
Please RSVP info@upe1.org
or call our office 916-736-9503
2018 Steward Training Schedule

United Public Employees
9333 Tech Center Drive, #300
Sacramento, CA  95826
Phone: 916-736-9503
Fax: 916-736-9506



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