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Bargaining Update

Office-Technical Unit 005 

July 18, 2018


Your Bargaining Team was again disappointed that the County came to the table with little of anything that furthers the negotiations process.  They presented a “Package Deal” of what they think is fair, wanting us to accept or reject in total.  Rest assured, we do not think their offers are fair.  How is this good faith bargaining when they refuse to discuss individual proposals?  We were able to out maneuver their desire of all or nothing.  The County and your Board TA’d on the App-Reg Differential and demanded the differential be restored immediately.  Will the County do the right thing and stop hurting our members with unfair tactics?  All the County has to do is say “yes”.


Your board is holding the line at our current proposals and is tired that they always have money to create management positions, yet never increase wages for their hard working employees. 


Another meeting has been scheduled for Monday, to determine if the County has further movement.  The County wanted “Pre-Impasse” meetings to bring in a third party, but we refused.  We are either at impasse or not!  No more delay tactics.  Monday we will know if we need to strike!




July 13, 2018

Today, your Court Bargaining Team presented the last of our proposals – all 38 in total, including our economic proposals.  The Court presented a grand total of 4 proposals – none that contained ANY salary increases for our hard-working court employees. 

As the saga continues, tune in July 27, 2018 for the next episode of “As the Negotiations Turn”.  We thank you for wearing red in support of your negotiating team. 

Please stay tuned for our first BAC meeting in the near future.  

Yours in solidarity,

COT Board: Brooke Ryan, Jean Smart, Geri Bradford Hill, Bonnie Loriga, Nancy Wallace,  Suzette Cade, Paul McGee, Andrea Howard, Tammi Boxer, Shawn Boxer, Stan Njugu 


005 and 008 Members Vote to Authorize Strike


Members of the 008 and 005 Bargaining Units met on July 10th and July 11th respectively to authorize their Governing Boards to declare a strike.  In each case, Membership overwhelmingly supported the strike authorization. 

UPE will continue to bargain in good faith with the County in the hopes of reaching a fair and equitable contract.  Membership will receive further notice should either Governing Board feel job actions are necessary. 

Be Ready! Together We Are Strong! 



Bargaining Action Alert

008 Welfare Non-Supervisory

July 11, 2018

Greetings, Union Sisters and Brothers.

Your 008 Bargaining Team appreciates the great member turnout at the July 10, 2018 Bargaining Action Committee meeting! A STRIKE AUTHORIZATION VOTE was held and overwhelmingly approved.

Your team arrived at the bargaining table the next morning on July 11, 2018 prepared to negotiate. But we ended up very angry and disappointed: The County claimed they could make no decisions on bargaining until the County Board of Supervisors returns from their VACATION on Tuesday July 17, 2018. This confirms your team’s suspicion that the County’s “Negotiation Team” is composed of powerless mouthpieces. We are now certain it’s the BOARD OF SUPERVISORS who need to hear from UPE members prior to the next “bargaining” session on July 25, 2018. Let’s welcome them back from vacation with an e-mail from every UPE member! DO YOUR PART NOW. Send a simple e-mail to each of the 5 Sacramento County Board of Supervisors at the e-mail addresses listed below:

• Phil Serna - District 1 SupervisorSerna@saccounty.net

• Patrick Kennedy - District 2 SupervisorKennedy@saccounty.net

• Susan Peters - District 3 susanpeters@saccounty.net

• Sue Frost - District 4 SupervisorFrost@saccounty.net

• Don Nottoli - District 5 nottolid@saccounty.net

“Dear County Supervisor: Please direct your County Negotiators to bargain in good faith with UPE.”

Also, please remember to sign up with UPE’s “Job Actions Alert” when you receive the link. GET READY. STAY READY. TOGETHER WE ARE STRONGER.


Court Professional


July 10, 2018


            ·       The Court gave a short Budget Presentation with limited information.

·       UPE presented several proposals.

·       The Court decided to caucus for the rest of the day to review our proposals.  We are scheduled to meet again on July 24, 2018.

  In Solidarity,



Court Office-Technical Unit
Negotiations Update
June 29, 2018

Your Office Technical Bargaining Team met with the Court today and asked for a subject matter expert to speak with us regarding the Court’s budget and got the “The New Guy” – Court Deputy Executive Jim Lombard’s words; not ours.  Mr. Lombard has been employed with the Court for 9 months.


Your team AGAIN asked for a detailed line item budget and received a general projected “overview” of the Court’s budget instead.  The Court’s continued refusal to provide accurate budget information, and the Court’s commitment to fund failing IT projects to the tune of 4.8 MILLION DOLLARS, remain concerning!


Although the Court promised us in the past that the current IT projects were paid in full and no new funds would be appropriated, the Court continues to raid the budget and throw good money at bad case management programs!


Your Bargaining Team will FIGHT to get to the truth of the “nuts and bolts” of the Court’s budget and negotiate a fair contract for our members!


Yours in solidarity,




 Sutter Superior Court Employees

 Ratify Their Contract

On June 14, 2018, UPE was happy to announce the tentative agreement reached with Sutter Court and was ratified with 100% of the vote accepting the new contract.  After taking over representation back in April, UPE knew our highest priority was to secure a contract for our new unit.  Our members of Sutter Court had been without a contract since December 2017.  After several back to back sessions and a number of proposals, we reached an agreement that will provide our members with extra money in their pockets and increases to look forward to.  

The new contract calls for a 2% salary increase in 2018, a 2% salary increase in 2019, and a one-time payment of $1000 upon ratification.  We preserved health care with language that added additional monies to off-set potential health care increases over the next two years.  Increased the uniform allowance and increased the catastrophic leave donation from 16 hours to 40 hours. We gained stronger representational language which allows us to grieve a wider range of matters covered in the personnel manual.  We established a joint labor management committee which gives us a seat at the table to discuss ongoing concerns or issues with management.

This contract is not the end but just the beginning.  There is still work to be done. We look forward to 2020 where we will build off of where we started and continue to fight for livable wages, benefits and safe working conditions for our members in Sutter County. 




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


Tuesday, July 10 - 008 Welfare Non-Supervisory Unit meeting 6:00 pm @ UPE

Tuesday, July 10  - Merced County Unit 3 Board Meeting 5:30 pm at 2222 M Street, Merced,  CA 95340

Tuesday, July 10 - Court Professionals Unit meeting 12:00 pm @ FRC 

Wednesday, July 11 - 005 Office Technical Unit meeting 6:00 pm @ UPE

Thursday, July 12 - Court Office Technical Unit Meeting 6:00 pm @ UPE

Thursday, July 19 - Stewards Training 6:00pm @ UPE

Tuesday, July 24 - UPE Board of Directors meeting 6:00 pm @ UPE 





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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
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