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UPE News Item

005 Meet & Confer Update

UPE and DHA Meet Over EBT Card Mailing Changes

      On July 28, 2020, UPE and DHA held a meet and confer regarding the Fiscal Unit at the 28th Street Bureau and the Department’s change in addressing EBT Card envelopes for mailing.   The County suggested that the vendors who are currently contracted by the State to mail EBT cards to clients have become inundated due to COVID-19. Various counties throughout the state are attempting to assist those vendors in getting EBT cards out to clients.  The department has determined that with the additional six workers from other bureau locations assigned to the Fiscal unit at 28th St., they can now assist in mailing out EBT cards more expeditiously than the vendors.

      UPE questioned reassigning work from state contracted vendors to county employees. Why should our employees be tasked with the additional responsibilities that the vendors are already being paid for, and how long will this reassignment last? 

      The Department responded by blaming COVID-19.  The department stated that the work will be done on a daily rotation.  UPE asked if this additional task will require additional training. The department stated that it would not require training, only looking at a quick process/reference sheet.  The department stated that CalWin already prints labels, so the labels will already be printed.  When asked, the Department stated that this new task will not impact other previous work due to the intended rotation of work and having extra workers in the office.   

      The DHA has assured UPE that they will notify the Union of any further changes prior to implementation.  This included the expansion of this task at other bureaus.  The department has stated the change will be implemented immediately.       

      UPE would like to thank UPE 005 Governing Board member Monica Stephens for attending this meet and confer.

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