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    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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005 Meet & Confer Update

DHS, Division of Public Health Moves Forward With Attire Guidelines

    On May 16, 2019, UPE and the County met over the Division of Public Health's desire to implement an "Attire Guideline" for its workers. Originally, the Department called the guidelines, "Appearance Standards". This was the first of UPE'S objections. We asked if anyone attending possessed a degree in fashion and design. This proved that there were no experts at the meeting to define what is an "acceptable appearance" and that only opinions were being discussed. We then asked if there were any complaints. Perhaps this was the reason that this subject needed reviewing. There were no complaints from any clients.

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 008 Meet & Confer Update

 Mobile Computer Carts at DHA Open Lobbies

    UPE and the County met over the DHA mobile computer carts. DHA plans to provide all open lobby DHA Bureaus with a mobile cart(s) for employees to use as a tool. The County provided UPE with a demonstration of the mobile cart including all of its equipment and capabilities. When evaluating the mobile cart, UPE raised several concerns over the inability to adjust the height of the cart and possible accommodation concerns for employees. Based on our concerns, the County stated that they will look into the adjustment needs and it is unlikely usage of the cart will be made mandatory. This option will allow employees with accommodations the right to opt out.

Unit 3 Negotiations Update
Unit 3 Reaches a Tentative Agreement. Now, it's Your Turn to Vote. 

    On June 5, 2019, UPE met for our seventh round of negotiations. After much deliberation, your bargaining team reached a tentative agreement with Merced County. 

    In summary, the tentative agreement is a two-year contract ending on June 30, 2021. If ratified by UPE Unit 3 members and the Board of Supervisors, Unit 3 will receive a 3% base wage salary increase in July 2019 and a 2% base wage salary increase in July 2020. Heath care language remains status quo and some minor contract clean-up language was added.

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008 Meet and Confer Update

SSI/ SSP Expansion

    Representatives from UPE and DHA met on May 24, 2019 to discuss the state-mandated expansion of Cal-Fresh to SSI/SSP recipients.  Until now, these groups were excluded from Cal-Fresh, but beginning in June these groups will now be able to apply for Cal-Fresh benefits.  This expansion potentially means tens of thousands of new clients applying for Cal-Fresh in the Sacramento area in the future.  The Department has already begun training workers on how to evaluate these clients, the potential impacts on existing Cal-Fresh cases, and new supplemental benefits available for clients that see their Cal-Fresh reduced or discontinued as a result of additional income from an SSI/SSP recipient. 

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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 enough AOD's to limit unnecessary forced overtime.

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Thank You to Unit 3 Members

Thank you to the Unit 3 Members who stepped up and showed their support at the Merced Board of Supervisor's Meeting. 

Unit 3 Members: Marcy Gallardo, Adele Maya, Natalie Mejia, Nancy Buendia, Karen Souza, Lisa Sykes, Maira Romero, Frank Romero, Renee Weathers (not pictured). 


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005 Salary Survey Update!

    On May 30, 2019, UPE met with the County to continue our disussion around the 005 Salary Survey. UPE presented job specs to the County from the jurisdictions that we believe should be included in the salary survey. These included: Contra Costa, Alameda and Santa Clara Counties. At the last meeting, the County agreed to include Contra Costa, but they continue to oppose including the other two counties. UPE reminded the County that discussions from our previous meeting led to the understanding that the County would take a look at the information we've provided from our proposed jurisdictions. 


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 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



Wed, June 5th- 005 Office Technical Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. at UPE

Thu, June 6th- Sutter Board Meeting, 12:00 p.m. at Sutter

Tue, June 11th - Court Professionals Unit Meeting, 12:00 p.m. at FRC

Tue, June 11th - Merced County Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. at 2222 M Street, Room 310

Tue, June 11th - 008 Welfare Non-Supervisory Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. at UPE

Thu, June 13th - Court Office Technical Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. at UPE

Thursday, June 20th- Yuba Board Meeting, 12:00 p.m. at TBD

Thu, June 20th - 6:00 p.m. at UPE
- Stewards Council: Advanced Internal Organizing
- Basic Steward Training III (Session 1)

Tue, June 25th - Board of Directors Meeting, 6:00 p.m. at UPE

9333 Tech Center Drive, #300 • Sacramento, CA  95826

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