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UPE News Item

005/008 Meet & Confer Update

Drug and Alcohol Policy Update

Both UPE 005 and 008 Boards met with the County over the Drug and Alcohol Policy. It was almost 6 months ago when both parties last met. At that time, UPE had many underlying concerns. As a result, the County took a step back, revised the policy, and reintroduced it. 

At this meet and confer, both 005 and 008 were able to review the proposed policy. The boards were not able to dive into the policy with the County due to time constraints; however, we will be meeting again. At the meeting, 005 did raise several clarification questions over depressants, medicinal marijuana, and other substances that might be detected under a drug test. A request of drug and alcohol thresholds was requested and the County provided it. 

It is important to note that UPE would like to ensure that a policy would not infringe on any employee rights and protections. UPE is concerned that supervisors and managers are not equipped or trained to properly observe employees. This function is currently in line with law enforcement agencies that perform these duties on a regular basis. Both 005 and 008 bargaining units are scheduled to meet with the County on November 14, 2019. 

Thank you to the following board members for participating at this very important meet and confer: 005- Althea Russell, Monica Stephens, David Guardado, Dawn Richardson, and Jennifer Alvalo. 008 -James Starr, Beverly Kearney, Jeannine Lopez, Amanda Pechin, and Chris Jenkins.

 

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