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THIRD ANNUAL UNITED PUBLIC EMPLOYEES SCHOLARSHIP

 

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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The scholarships are part of the Union’s endeavor to give back to our members. UPE is committed to investing in our membership whether in the form of representation, negotiations, or member appreciation programs such as these scholarships.

Applications must be postmarked by June 7, 2019. As a part of the application, those applying must complete a 500 word essay; include THREE letters of reference; and transcripts.

Winners will be announced in June 2019. 

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Merced Negotiations Update!

Salary Increase Proposal Submitted

    Your UPE Unit 3 Negotiations Team met with the County for another session of bargaining. UPE introduced a total of 10 proposals including a salary increase. We are requesting a 5% base wage salary increase for both the first and second year (a 10% total wage increase) for a two year MOU agreement expiring June 30, 2021. We justified our base wage increases due to the rising cost of consumer goods, housing, and healthcare. Your UPE Bargaining Team expressed the need for Unit 3 Employees to be paid a livable wage.

 

    In addition, UPE submitted a proposal that would both increase the County’s health care contribution amount while picking up any additional annual premium increases to all healthcare plans.

 

    Finally, UPE introduced a proposal to add an additional five paid holidays. Four of those paid holidays would be around Christmas and the other would include Cesar Chavez Day. We will be hearing back from the County on May 3, 2019 during our next round of negotiations. 

 

TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG

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      005 Salary Survey Update!

          UPE met with the County to discuss the 005 salary survey, particularly the OA Classification. UPE and the County have met several times in an attempt to reach an agreement over the jurisdictions that would be surveyed. This week, UPE submitted the following jurisdictions: Contra Costa, Alameda, and Santa Clara counties.

            UPE justified adding these jurisdiction’s based on population size and distance. People in the Sacramento region are commuting to the Bay Area for better paying jobs. This means that Sacramento County is in direct competition with those jurisdictions. In addition, the population sizes are very similar to one another (impact on work load). For example, Santa Clara is ranked #6 in county population in CA, Alameda #7, Sacramento #8, and Contra Costa #9. The County rejected our proposal and only agreed to add one of the three counties, Contra Costa. We will be responding to the County’s counter proposal.

            It is important to note that UPE has continually made the argument that an OA in Sacramento is different than an OA in other counties. In fact, there is a need for an updated job specification on paper in order to reflect the current duties being performed. The last updated job specification was in 1995! The County has pushed back and said that it is not needed. This is an attempt to minimize the reality that OA’s in Sacramento County are being over utilized and not fairly compensated for all of the work they perform on a daily basis! Our next scheduled meeting is on 4/24/19.

TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG 

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005 Meet & Confer Update 

Airport Overtime Policy Change 

  Sacramento County Airport Operations proposed to add AWOL language to their current Overtime Policy. By doing so would enable supervisors and managers the ability to take punitive actions against our members who cannot work overtime due to injury or illness. Overtime is common for our members working in the classification of Airport Operations Dispatcher due to the County not hiring an enough AOD’s to limit unnecessary forced overtime.

 

  UPE met with management and proposed to remove the AWOL language in its entirety. UPE argued that AWOL cannot be applied when an employee cannot work due to illness and or extenuating circumstances. After some hesitation, the County agreed to remove the AWOL language. 

 

  Furthermore, UPE raised the concern over an employee who has worked an abundance of overtime and subsequently been forced to work more overtime due to a lack of Airport Operations Dispatchers.

  

  Based on this concern, the County agreed to language in which they will evaluate this circumstance on a case-by-case basis.  This will allow the Communication Center appointing authority to bypass and not force overtime on an employee who has worked an excessive amount of overtime. 

 

TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG 

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       Merced Unit 3 Bargaining Advisory Meeting

 

   When: Tuesday, May 14, 2019

                   5:30p.m.- 6:30 p.m.

   Where: 2222 M Street

                   Administration Building

                   3rd Floor, Room 310

    Why: We will discuss contract                                                  negotiations, membership, and                                         ways to get involved.

 

TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG!

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Yuba Court Governing Board Election Results 

 

Congratulations to the following members who have been elected to the first UPE Governing Board for Yuba Court.  The Election was held March 18, 2019. The Board will have its first meeting sometime in April and notice will be sent to the membership ahead of time should they wish to attend.  Thank you to all who voted!

 

Court Clerk Chapter (Top 3 Elected) 

  • Carmen Gonzalez, Senior Court Clerk: 81.8%
  • Chris Nair, Court Clerk I: 100%
  • Lisa Holliman, Court Clerk III: 63.6%
  • Tonya Villalobos, Court Clerk III: 45%

Specialized Chapter (No Election)

  • Tammy Anderson, Court Reporter   

NEWS & EVENTS

Wednesday, April 3rd 2019- 005 Office Technical Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. at UPE

Thursday, April 4th 2019- Sutter Board Meeting, 12:00 p.m. at Sutter

Tuesday, April 9th 2019- Court Professionals Unit Meeting, 12:00 p.m. at FRC

Tuesday, April 9th  2019- Merced County Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. at 2222 M Street, Room 310

Tuesday, April 9th 2019- 008 Welfare Non-Supervisory Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. at UPE

Thursday, April 11th 2019- Court Office Technical Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. at UPE

Thursday, April 18th  2019- 6:00 p.m. at UPE

-Stewards Council: Advanced Internal Organizing

-Basic Steward Training III (Session 1):

Thursday, April 23rd 2019 -Board of Directors Meeting, 6:00 p.m. at UPE


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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
UPE Office - 9333
Tech Center Drive
Sacramento, CA 95826
Please RSVP to info@upe1.org
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