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Fourth Annual UPE Scholarship Competition--DEADLINE EXTENDED TO JULY 10th
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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 July 10, 2020 and winners will be awarded on July 28, 2020. 

Please click here for more information.  

005 Reopening Plan

Assessor’s Office

On June 24, 2020, UPE met with the Assessor’s office regarding its’ “return to work plan” and it was refreshing to finally meet with a department that was prepared and understood the issues.  Most importantly, the department really seemed to have their employees (our members) health and well-being as a top priority. 

They are going to be bringing back 30-35 of their 90 workers on a rotation basis and are willing to take another look at that number, possibly lower it if they are able to complete the necessary duties with less. The rest of the office will continue to work remotely as they have been since the start of the pandemic.

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DHA Reopening Plan

6/18/20

UPE met with DHA for the first time on June 18, 2020 to discuss their plan to begin returning workers to the Bureaus.  Workers on paid administrative leave (PAL) are expected to return to Bureaus beginning June 22, 2020.  There are no plans to reopen any bureaus to the public at this time.  This includes no plans to begin face-to-face interviews.  Workers on PAL with underlying conditions or who are over 65 will need to submit a new doctor’s note to take them off work beginning June 22nd.  Workers who are not in the office or teleworking will have to use their own leave balances, emergency sick leave, or emergency FMLA in order to be compensated while off work.  The Department will allow Leave Without Pay (LWOP) in cases where workers do not have sufficient balances.  Workers should contact their supervisor if they cannot return to work on the 22nd. Workers will be allowed to use balances or LWOP while obtaining a doctor’s note. 

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005 Reopening Plan

DTECH/ 311

On 5/27/20, the Department of Personnel sent a return to work guideline in response to COVID. Each department must submit a plan and meet with respective labor organizations. As a result, UPE met virtually with DTech and 311 officials to discuss their specific reopening plans.      

The Department has been open since the pandemic as they are all deemed essential workers.

UPE asked if employees 65+ and or those with underlying medical conditions related to COVID-19 would receive Paid Administrative Leave (PAL). The Department responded, “No, that will be discontinued County wide.”  Instead, an employee who has a doctor’s note should provide that note to their supervisor, and soon thereafter, an ADA interactive process will be triggered.

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005 Reopening Plan

District Attorney Office

On May 27, 2020,  the Department of Personnel sent a return to work guideline in response to COVID-19. Each department must submit a plan and meet with the respective labor organizations. As a result, UPE met virtually with the District Attorney (DA) office to discuss their specific reopening plans.

The DA office will allow employees to self-screen themselves at home or at several stations at each of the DA office locations. A non-touch thermometer will be available at the work site screening stations. If you have any listed symptoms or have a temperature above 100.4 degrees you may not enter the building.

The governor’s recent executive order on face masks will encourage more face mask use, however,  it is not required to wear one at your work station. 

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COT & Court Professional Meet & Confer Update

Voluntary Separation Incentive Program 

United Public Employees met on June 23, 2020, with Court administration as the Court noticed us about the implementation of a court program called the Court Voluntary Separation Incentive Program (VSIP). The Court intends to roll out this program in the next few weeks. This is a voluntary program which is intended for current employees to leave the Court as a cost-saving measure. The purpose of implementing the VSIP is due to the current economic situation and proposed reductions to the Judicial Branch budget by the Governor and Legislature.

The program offers a one-time lump sum payment of $25,000 for approved employees. The positions that are approved will remain vacant for up to two years. At this time, the Court will need to evaluate every application on an individual basis to determine the workload impact on a particular unit or function as well as the impact on the budget court-wide.

 

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DHA Reopening Plan 

Follow Up Meet and Confer 6/19/20

UPE and DHA continued their discussions of the Department’s reopening plan on June 19, 2020.  UPE made it clear to the Department that we do not believe that workers should be placed at work locations less than six feet apart.  The Department affirmed that workers will not have to work in these conditions, but still could not provide floor plans demonstrating that cubicles are properly distanced.  

After pressure from UPE, the Department did commit to supplying masks to any worker that requests one and supplies of masks are to be available now.  In addition, UPE pressed the Department to provide workers with greater assurance and information following reports of positive tests at worksites.  As of now, the Department will only commit to issuing bureau-wide communications announcing a positive test.  

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005 Reopening Plan

County Clerk/Recorders Office

On 5/27/20, the Department of Personnel sent a return to work guideline in response to COVID-19. Each department must submit a plan and meet with each respective labor organization. As a result, UPE met virtually with County Clerk Recorders office officials to discuss their specific reopening plan.   

The County Clerk Recorders office has approximately 58 employees downtown, five at one outstation location and four at another location.  

UPE asked if any employee schedules would change. The department responded “No”. UPE pressed for telework opportunities in our bargaining unit. The County Clerk Recorder explained that they don’t have telework since the department is a customer-based office and the public must come in to show documentation. UPE said that the CDC guidelines encourage telework if any type of work can be done at home. The response was, “No, we looked into it and work cannot be done at home except for data entry.”

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005 Reopening Plan 

Department of Finance

On May 27, 2020, the Department of Personnel sent a return to work guideline in response to COVID-19. Each department must submit a plan and meet with respective labor organizations. As a result, UPE met virtually with the Department of Finance to discuss their specific reopening plans.

The Department of Finance office encourages employees to self-screen themselves and stay at home if they display symptoms of COVID-19.

UPE inquired about the process for those employees who are exposed or have COVID-19. Those who have COVID-19 should contact either the department head, personnel, and HR. A tracing team will be activated, the County health official will be contacted and they will follow the CDC guidelines. 

Employees are expected to clean their own workspace & any use of copiers/printers. Volunteers can clean the breakrooms.  

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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
(VIA VIDEO CONFERENCE)
UPE Office - 9333
Tech Center Drive
Sacramento, CA 95826
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2020 Steward Training Schedule

NEWS & EVENTS

July
All Board Meetings Conducted Via GoToMeeting

Thu, July 2- Sutter Board Meeting, 12:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting

Wed, July 8 005 Office Technical Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting

Thu, July 9 - Court Office Technical Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting

Tue, July 14 - Court Professionals Unit Meeting, 12:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting

Tue, July 14- Merced Board Meeting, 12:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting

Tue, July 14- 008 Welfare Non-Supervisory Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting

Thu, July 16- Yuba Board Meeting, 12:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting

Thu, July 16  - 6:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting

- Steward Training:  

Tue,  July 28 - Board of Directors Meeting, 6:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting

 

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