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Meet and Confer Update

5% Increase for Airport Dispatchers

UPE Demonstrates Strength at PERB

     UPE filed an Unfair Labor Practice charge v. County of Sacramento on June 18, 2018, and the hearing was held on April 11, 2019.

     The Unfair stemmed from a revised job specification meet and confer regarding the Airport Operations Dispatchers. During a meet and confer session with UPE, the County abruptly ended negotiations and implemented the requirement that Airport Operations Dispatchers (AOD's) become certified Emergency Medical Dispatchers (EMD's).

     By abruptly ending the meet and confer, thus ending the revised classification specification, then implementing the requirement, UPE was able to prove that the County bargained in bad faith, thus violating several sections of the Meyers-Milias-Brown Act (MMBA) and PERB regulations.

     On July 19, 2019, Administrative Law Judge Nyman, from the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB), issued a proposed decision in favor of UPE and against the County of Sacramento.

     After appeal and on September 18, 2020, the PERB Board upheld the decision in favor of UPE and against Sacramento County. You can read the entire case here: PERB Decision Number 2745-M - County of Sacramento (United Public Employees, Inc.) (ca.gov).

     As stated, on September 18, 2020, PERB sided with UPE; however, a 90-day stayed period was implemented before the order would go into effect so that both parties, UPE and Sacramento County, could possibly arrive to an agreement.

5% Base Pay Increase:

     After meeting several times within the 90-day window, both parties reached a partial agreement. Effective January 17, 2021, AOD Dispatcher Series will receive a 5% base pay increase (not a differential). Please note, it is scheduled to arrive to the Board of Supervisors for approval on February 23, 2021. When approved, Airport Dispatchers will receive the 5% pay going back to January 17, 2021.

     Furthermore, within 30 days of the signing of this agreement, the County will give notice to UPE, and an opportunity to meet and confer over the proposed amendments to the Airport Operations Dispatcher series. The proposed amendments shall reflect current duties and technologies associated with the class, which are not currently reflected in the outdated specs. However, UPE shall not protest including the Emergency Medical Dispatcher certification, or otherwise seek to negotiate over its inclusion as a special requirement of the class.

     Lastly, the parties have an ongoing dispute regarding the scope of the "make whole" order set forth in section B2 of PERB Decision 2745-M. This agreement shall not waive the parties’ rights to litigate compliance with this "make whole" order, nor shall it prohibit UPE from pursing an argument regarding an alleged loss incurred as a result of the County’s implementation of the EMD requirement, including arguments that the Order requires interest, retroactive wage adjustment, and/or removal of specific documents from employee personnel files.

     In conclusion, UPE will be heading to PERB for compliance on making whole all employees for any losses incurred as a result of the County’s implementation of the EMD requirement, with interest at the rate of 7 percent per annum and removal of specific documents from employee personnel files related to the EMD requirement/duties.

     Although this has been a long journey, UPE has remained steadfast on representing all members including Airport Dispatchers. We have a partial victory and are confident that PERB will continue to side with UPE.

     We would like to thank 005 Board Members- Althea Russell, Jennifer Avalo, Dawn Richardson, Monica Stephens, UPE Steward Rick Reeve, and Airport Dispatchers Lona Bradford and Matt Blair for participating at the PERB hearing and or Meet and Confers.




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