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Fourth Annual UPE Scholarship Competition
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The UPE Board of Directors is proud to announce the 4th annual United Public Employees Scholarship competition.  Open to UPE members’ families, the program offers four $1500 scholarships to help with college expenses. The scholarships are part of the Union’s endeavor to give back to our members.   
 
As a part of the application, those applying must complete a 500 word essay, include THREE letters of reference and transcripts. Applications must be postmarked by June 5, 2020 and winners will be awarded on June 23, 2020. 

Please click here for more information.  

COVID-19 Merced Proposal Update

March 27, 2020

      On March 26, 2020, UPE made several proposals to Merced County on behalf of Unit 3. At this time, Merced County has turned down our proposals. However, the County has proposed a Disaster Service Worker Incentive (DSW), which consists of eight hours of CTO time for every 40 regular work hours worked during this COVID-19 Pandemic event.  The hours will be calculated and available soon after the emergency has been lifted. The DSW Incentive will be implemented early next week. Full details of the proposal will be available soon. 

      While the County is not in a position to accept our proposals at this time, we’ve agreed to resume discussions in 30 days. UPE will continue to advocate on behalf of our members during this unprecedented time.

Together We are Strong

UPE Executive Director Calls Out Board of Supervisors on County Response to COVID 19

The following email was sent to the Sacramento County Board of Supervisors on March 20, 2020.

Good afternoon Board of Supervisors,

I write to you with much disappointment, frustration and down right anger with the lack of compassion and consideration your executive 700 H St management is giving to your employees. I understand that this pandemic emergency was not something anyone wished for, but it is here, and we must deal with it. You have thousands of employees who are being deemed as essential employees because they are government employees and they can be deemed so in an emergency crisis situation as we are in now.

However, is it essential to keep employees, regardless of age, that are suffering from a chronic or underlying condition, at work to be possibly exposed to this deadly disease? It has been brought to my attention that the County is willing to let them go home to self-quarantine, however, they will have to utilize their accrual balances if that is their choice. Really? What if they do not have enough accruals to do so for a self-quarantine of 15 days? Well the county’s response is that they can apply for SDI, and get part of their salary to survive. Really? 

Click here to read the complete letter. 

 

UPE  Update: COVID-19 

3/20/20

As you may be aware, Courts in Sacramento, Yuba, and Sutter Counties have all significantly reduced operations in light of recent directives from the Governor and County Health Officials.  These Courts are placing workers on Administrative Leave and providing additional pay to those that are required to come to work. UPE supports these actions and appreciates the steps these employers have taken to guard worker safety.

UPE also supports the actions taken by Sacramento County to close public access, send non-essential staff home on administrative leave, and allow workers to telecommute where possible.  However, Sacramento County continues to require workers in a number of Departments to come to their offices as essential governmental employees.  

Sacramento County are giving all workers 65 and over the option of paid administrative leave in order to comply with the Governor's order.  However, at this time the County is not offering the same option for workers with chronic health conditions that make them at higher risk to health complications due to COVID-19.  

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UPE COVID-19 Update:

UPE Proposals to Sacramento County 

 

4/3/20

United Public Employees  and representatives from the County of Sacramento met via conference call on Friday April 3, 2020 to discuss the Union's proposals relating to the COVID-19 Outbreak.  The County requested the meeting in order to better understand our proposals. 

 

UPE proposed time and a half for all workers who are required to work in an office or who have to meet with the public. UPE's proposal also calls for the pay to apply retroactively. To no surprise, the County stated an unwillingness at this time to reopen our contracts to pay workers more. However, UPE countered with another proposal that would allow the County to pay our workers more money during this time without having to reopen the contract. Our Union counter proposal would pay our members a minimum 5% increase as out of class pay due to County of Sacramento designating our members as essential employees due to the emergency order the County has in place. Under State Law, Title I, Section 3100 of the California Government Code, all government employees are declared Disaster Service Workers who can be called upon in any emergency. 

 

Ted Somera, UPE’s Executive Director, expressed his deep concerns and frustration with the County’s response. He explained to the County representatives that the County and Board of Supervisors need to show their employees an act of appreciation and support with additional compensation. These employees are mandated to come in to work despite a greater  possibility of exposing themselves and their families to the COVID-19 Virus, compared to workers teleworking or designated on administrative leave.  These employees do so in order to provide  services to the residents of the County of Sacramento who are the same constituents to those Board of Supervisors! These employees, our members, are the one who are making this County function during this pandemic and are unsung heroes while those in upper management and Board of Supervisors will reap the praise!

 

Mr. Somera made it clear: “Our members do not need a memo from their mangers and Directors thanking them for coming into work. They need to be compensated in one form or another as just as private companies and other local governments are doing to show their appreciation. A thank you note from the employer will not pay for necessary medicines if they get sick or heaven forbid a copayment if they have to visit their doctor or worse yet hospital”. 

 

The County was not prepared to accept this proposal either but stated that they would be having further internal discussion with the Board of  Supervisors over the issue of pay and would respond back to UPE. 

 

UPE also proposed lifting the cap on vacation accruals so that workers would not lose accrued vacation during a time when government officials are directing people to limit travel.  The County would not commit to this proposal either.

 

UPE also proposed daily sanitation of all County buildings and inspection of all County buildings by County health officials on a regular basis during this emergency with the ability to make recommendations to improve worker safety.  UPE also demanded that our members have better access to cleaning supplies and protective equipment for worker and further demanded face mask for all County employees who have to come into work which would be in step with the latest recommendation from the County Public Health Officer.

 

 

The County responded that Departments  are currently monitoring buildings to ensure safe practices.  However, as UPE pointed out to the County, Department managers and directors  are not health experts and many workers continue to feel unsafe. The County stated they would look further  into the matter and follow up with UPE.

 

UPE also stressed the importance of telework as a way to improve worker safety.  UPE's proposed the County develop a list of all work that cannot currently be conducted via telework as well as a plan to remove any barriers to telework.  The County stated they would need to follow up with Departments on this issue.  

 

UPE proposed an increase in the use of rotations to reduce the number of workers in an office.  Some workers would be allowed to be at home on paid administrative leave while others were in the office.  Then the workers would switch on a rotational basis.  This would increase the safety of all workers by allowing some to isolate at home while at the same time reducing the number of staff in offices to improve social distancing.  UPE made clear that the County must be willing to delay some services in order to support the safety of their workers.   The County agreed this was a good idea but was not able to provide answers for why some Department's have been able to institute more rotations than others.  

 

UPE will continue to fight for our workers during this unprecedented time.  We will continue our advocacy for our workers health and safety and to ensure that they are fairly compensated for continuing their duties to the public under extraordinary circumstances. 

 

 

Together We Are Strong!

 

UPE Proposals to Sacramento County for Our Members Who Have to Stay at Work During this Emergency 

3/25/20

A. All workers required to report to work during any County/State/Federal shelter in place order shall be paid time and a half for all hours worked.  This pay shall be made retroactive to the date the first order was put in place. This pay shall remain in effect until such orders are lifted. 

  1. Workers whose telework assignments require them to come to the office or meet with the public shall also receive additional pay under the terms of Section 1 above for all time spent in the office or meeting with the public.
  2. Workers whose telework assignment does not require them to report to the office or meet with the public shall not receive additional pay under the terms of Section 1 above.  
  3. Workers on paid administrative leave that are not required to report to the office or meet with the public shall not receive additional pay under the terms of Section 1 above. 

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 UPE Update: COVID 19

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

UPE Sisters and Brothers:

On March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HR 6201) was signed into law. It is the first of multiple bills we expect Congress to pass to provide relief from the impacts of COVID-19, and touches on a variety of subjects, including COVID-19 testing, unemployment insurance funding, and federal assistance programs. 

This memo outlines the key features of the bill relating to (1) paid, public health emergency leave, which is an expanded form of FMLA leave for workers to care for children out of school or without child care (the “Emergency Family and Medical Leave Expansion Act”); and (2) emergency paid sick leave employers must provide for COVID-19 related health conditions (the “Emergency Paid Sick Leave Act”). 

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UPE Office Update COVID-19

Due the recent directive by the Sacramento County Department of Public Health, UPE staff will begin telecommuting effective immediately. UPE is committed to representing our Members during these difficult times.  If you need to contact your Business Agent please call our office 916-736-9503 to leave a message or email them directly. Staff will be checking messages and email regularly.  Our commitment to our members will not change and we will continue to advocate for our workers as we have before, just through different means.  

Together We Are Strong 

UPE Proposals to Sacramento Superior Court for Our Members Who Have to Stay at Work During this Emergency

A. All Court workers required to report to work during any County/State/Federal shelter in place order shall be paid time and a half for all hours worked. This pay shall be made retroactive to the date the first order was put in place. This pay shall remain in effect until such orders are lifted.

  1. Workers whose telework assignments require them to come to the office or meet with the public shall also receive additional pay under the terms of Section 1 above for all time spent in the office or meeting with the public.
  2. Workers whose telework assignment does not require them to report to the office or meet with the public shall not receive additional pay under the terms of Section 1 above.
  3. Workers on paid administrative leave that are not required to report to the office or meet with the public shall not receive additional pay under the terms of Section 1 above.

Click here to read more. 

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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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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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Tech Center Drive
Sacramento, CA 95826
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2020 Steward Training Schedule

NEWS & EVENTS

April
All Board Meetings Cancelled Until Further Notice

Wed, April 1- 005 Office Technical Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. at UPE

Thu, April 2- Sutter Board Meeting, 12:00 p.m. at Sutter

Thu, April 9 - Court Office Technical Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. at UPE

Tue, April 14 - Court Professionals Unit Meeting, 12:00 p.m. at FRC

Tue, April 14- Merced Board Meeting, 12:00 p.m. at 2222 M Street, Room 310

Tue, April 14- 008 Welfare Non-Supervisory Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. at UPE

Thu, April 16- Yuba Board Meeting, 12:00 p.m. at TBD

Thu, April 16 - 6:00 p.m. at UPE

- Steward Training:  

Tue,  April 28 - Board of Directors Meeting, 6:00 p.m. at UPE

 

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