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Court Professional Unit- Bargaining Update!


Court and Union met for further contract negotiations on October 10, 2018.

Court discussed their offer of salary increases of 3% in 2018, 2% in 2019 and 2% in 2020 with $1,000 sign-on bonus and preservation of “me-too” clause in case Office Technical gets a better deal.

Union made following suggestions to off-set for our proposal of 3%, 3%, 3% and $1,500 sign-on bonus with “me-too” clause.

·       Adjust Contract item 10.13, increasing court’s medical contribution to members with 25 or more years of service, from $344 / month to $400 /month.

·       Adjust Contract item 9.13 that expands Professional Leave benefit from one to two days per year; and drop sections “b” and “c” for greater ease in using this benefit.

·       Introduction of sixth step with 2% increase.

Court stated they would take suggestions back to CEO for possible inclusion.

We will meet with Court again later this month. The date has not been finalized.

We need to know what our members think.

The next step would be both sides meeting with an outside mediator.

Brown bag time, date, and place will be announced shortly.

Stay tuned.



Negotiations Update

October 12, 2018

 At today’s negotiations the court’s team informed UPE that “court leadership” rejected our counteroffer on salaries.   The “court leadership” was identified as Lloyd Connolly and Jim Lombard.  That’s right, TWO people have decided our members are not worthy of a fair and equitable contract.

The court leadership has determined that C-TRAC is more important than our members!

C-TRAC is on track to derail following the sinking of the CCMS Titanic.  And these are the reasons why the court leadership will not allow a fair and equitable contract.  Sacramento Superior Court is the new Judicial Council in failed IT projects.

Your bargaining team said, NO, our members are worth more!  Our next step is mediation.

Be on the look-out for brown bags at your location and ATTEND.


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Ballots will be mailed to the membership October 19th to their home address.


005 OFFICE TECHNICAL UNIT ~ Chapter One - Five Open Seats

Larry Thomas ~ OAII

Monica Stephens ~ OAII

Jennifer Avalo ~ OAII

Zanell Hempstead ~ OAII

Onedia Blanson ~ SOA

June Morris ~ SOA

LaViennia Jackson ~ OAII

Althea Russell ~ OAII


005 OFFICE TECHNICAL UNIT ~ Chapter Two – One Open Seat

Nora Washington ~ Paralegal

Sylvia Garcia ~ Paralegal

Seth Jarrett-Lee ~ Sr. Office Specialist

Dawn Richardson ~ Collection Svcs Agent II

Brian Williams ~ Office Specialist II


008 WELFARE NON-SUPERVISORY ~ Eligibility Chapter – Three Open Seats

James Starr ~ Human Services Specialist

Christopher Jenkins ~ Eligibility Specialist

Amanda Peachin ~ Eligibility Specialist

Sara Jones ~ Human Services Specialist

Athalia Chamberlain ~ Human Services Specialist


DHA Classification Study Update

DHA released its long delayed class study to UPE on September 27, 2018.  UPE is currently reviewing the document and preparing to meet and confer with the Department over the propsed changes.  The Study will impact the Eligibility Specialist, Human Service Specialist, and Senior Eligibility Specialist classifications.  

Learn more about the process and what UPE is doing to represent its members. 


Merced County Is NOT Willing to Contribute

To Your Healthcare Rate Increases

October 1, 2018

Merced County noticed all bargaining units that the healthcare premium rates will be increasing by 3.6% for 2019. UPE immediately triggered the provision in our contract which allows us to negotiate the healthcare premium portion of our MOU.

As a result, we met with and provided a proposal to the County. The proposal stated, “The County of Merced will cover all UPE Unit 3 employees' premium healthcare costs associated with the 2019 increase rates.”

The County responded indicating they are not interested. UPE asked who exactly was not interested. The County replied that the Board of Supervisors directed them not to reopen the healthcare provision of our MOU. UPE inquired as to when and where the decision was made by the Board of Supervisors since we did not see them collectively provide direction or take action at an open meeting. Merced County's Lead Negotiator stated that she assumed it was in closed session.

UPE was very disappointed to hear that Merced County is not willing to provide some relief to our lowest paid members knowing that the cost of living has already increased to nearly 3% and that an increase in healthcare premiums will add an additional 3.6% in 2019.

According to the County, our proposal will only cost them $101,717.00; a drop in the bucket compared to the County’s (2017/18) budget of $626.7 million


The County will take our proposal and justification to the Board of Supervisors during closed session. Thereafter, we will meet again with the County to hear the Supervisors' responses.

We will keep you updated. Remember, we must remain in solidarity and continue our efforts to effectively organize UPE Unit 3 employees to become members, attend meetings, and be ready for a fight, come early next year when negotiations resume.


If you have any questions about the above, please feel free to contact me at Barajas@upe1.org.


008 Welfare Non-Supervisory Unit

Negotiations Update 

September 20, 2018 

Today, Members of the 008 Bargaining Unit Voted by an Overwhelming Margin to Ratify their new 3 Year Contract with Sacramento County!  


The contract will now go before the Board of Supervisors for Approval. UPE will provide an update once that process is complete.

Thank you to all the members that voted.


Together We Are Strong!

 008 Summary of Tentative Agreement




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


 Thursday, Ocotber 18, 2018 - *Advance - Grievance Writing/Basic Steward Training II (#Session 3) 6:00 pm @ UPE

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - Board of Directors Meeting 6:00 pm @ UPE.

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 005 Office Technical Board Meeting, 6:00 pm @ UPE.

Thursday, November 8, 2018 -  Court Office Technical Unit Meeting 6:00 pm @ UPE

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 008 Welfare Non-Supervisory Board Meeting, 6:00pm @ UPE.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - Merced County Unit 3 Board Meeting 5:30 pm at 2222 M Street, Merced,  CA 95340

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - Court Professionals Unit meeting 12:00 pm @ FRC .





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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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