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2018 UPE Governing Board Election Results

005 Chapter One (five seats up for election):

  • Jennifer Avalo 17%
  • Monica Stephens 16.6%
  • June Morris 14.85%
  • Althea Russell 11.23%
  • Onedia Blanson 11.23%
  • Zanell Hempstead 10.86%
  • LaViennia Jackson 9%
  • Larry Thomas 8.6%

005 Chapter Two (one seat up for election)

  • Dawn Richardson 32%
  • Brian Williams 24%
  • Seth Jarrett-Lee 24%
  • Nora Washington 16%
  • Sylvia Garcia 3%

008 Eligibility Chapter (three seats up for election):

    • James Starr 27.9%

    • Chris Jenkins 20.2%
    • Amanda Pechin 19.5%
    • Sara Jones: 16.5%
    • Athalia Chamberlain 15.8%

Congratulations to our winners and thank you to all who voted! New Board Members will be seated in January.  

 

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Court Office Technical Bargaining Update

November 8, 2018 

 Today Members of the United Public Employees Court Office-Technical Bargaining Unit overwhelmingly voted to reject the Court’s last package contract offer.  UPE will notify the Court of the result and our desire to return to the bargaining table, allowing the Court the opportunity to avoid a court-wide strike.

Together We Are Strong!

 

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UPE  WELCOMES YUBA COURT TO OUR UNION FAMILY

 

On 10/30/18, an election took place for the Yuba Superior Court Employees.  With an overwhelming majority of support, the employees chose UPE as their exclusive representative. UPE is proud that the employees trust in a local independent union ready to serve local working people.

UPE has already transitioned from election to representation and negotiations mode.  We are ready to make a positive difference for our employees in Yuba County.

 TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG!

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Court Professional Unit- Bargaining Update!

We met with the Court again on October 25, 2018

 Therwas no movement.

Both sides responded to the other.

 

Court was not willing to accept any of the Union’s

 

conceptual proposals in lieu of our 3%, 3%, 3%.

 

Both sides declared impasse.

 

Mediation will be scheduleas soon as possible.

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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

(https://www.co.merced.ca.us/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/761).

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.

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NEWS & EVENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018 - 005 Office Technical Board Meeting, 6:00 pm @ UPE.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - 008 Welfare Non-Supervisory Board Meeting, 6:00pm @ UPE.

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - Merced County Unit 3 Board Meeting 5:30 pm at 2222 M Street, Merced,  CA 95340

Tuesday, December 11, 2018 - Court Professionals Unit meeting 12:00 pm @ FRC .

Thursday, December 13, 2018 -  Court Office Technical Unit Meeting 6:00 pm @ UPE

Thursday, December 20 2018 - Council/Basic Steward Training III (*Session 3) 6:00 pm @ UPE

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - Board of directors Meeting 6:00 pm @ 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 info@upe1.org
or call our office 916-736-9503
2018 Steward Training Schedule

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