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Court Office Technical Bargaining Update

 

November 8, 2018

 Today Members of the United Public Employees Court Office-Technical Bargaining Unit overwhelmingly voted to reject the Court’s last package contract offer.  UPE will notify the Court of the result and our desire to return to the bargaining table, allowing the Court the opportunity to avoid a court-wide strike. Together We Are Strong!

 

 

 

UPE  WELCOMES YUBA COURT TO OUR UNION FAMILY

 

On 10/30/18, an election took place for the Yuba Superior Court Employees.  With an overwhelming majority of support, the employees chose UPE as their exclusive representative. UPE is proud that the employees trust in a local independent union ready to serve local working people.

UPE has already transitioned from election to representation and negotiations mode.  We are ready to make a positive difference for our employees in Yuba County.

 TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG!

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COURT OFFICE TECHNICAL

MEDIATION UPDATE

October 26, 2018

Court UPE Office Technical members,

 It is imperative to attend a contract explanation meeting on November 1, 2018 at 6 p.m. at the UPE hall.

The court brought back to your bargaining team their “last package proposal” which contains little to nothing.

As UPE membership continues to bandage a broken judicial system in Sacramento Superior Court, the judges have made it clear that your worth is clearly not valuable as they continue to dump millions of dollars into their failed IT case management EGO system.   It is unfortunate that the judges are pushing us closer to a strike versus maintaining labor peace and appreciating your hard work. 

This e-mail this afternoon, from CMJC where the C-Track was to start, shows the failure of the EGO system:  “Given some of the issues recently discovered during the testing phase, the determination was made this afternoon to postpone go-live for the Traffic C-Track Project. The go-live date will now be Tuesday, January 22, 2019 with the Traffic Division will being closed to the public on Friday, January 18, 2019.

Now that the business needs have changed, management will immediately begin revisiting time off requests that were either postponed or denied for requested dates through November 30, 2018 and you will receive a response by the end of the day today.  Thank you for your patience during this process.”

We will also be making picket signs, so please come and write your frustration on a picket sign. 

In Solidarity, your bargaining team

TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG!!

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Court Professional Unit- Bargaining Update!

We met with the Court again on October 25, 2018

 Therwas no movement.

Both sides responded to the other.

 

Court was not willing to accept any of the Union’s

 

conceptual proposals in lieu of our 3%, 3%, 3%.

 

Both sides declared impasse.

 

Mediation will be scheduleas soon as possible.

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Vote.

GOVERNING BOARD ELECTIONS 2018

 

Ballots will be mailed to the membership October 19th to their home address.

 

005 OFFICE TECHNICAL UNIT ~ Chapter One - Five Open Seats

Larry Thomas ~ OAII

Monica Stephens ~ OAII

Jennifer Avalo ~ OAII

Zanell Hempstead ~ OAII

Onedia Blanson ~ SOA

June Morris ~ SOA

LaViennia Jackson ~ OAII

Althea Russell ~ OAII

 

005 OFFICE TECHNICAL UNIT ~ Chapter Two – One Open Seat

Nora Washington ~ Paralegal

Sylvia Garcia ~ Paralegal

Seth Jarrett-Lee ~ Sr. Office Specialist

Dawn Richardson ~ Collection Svcs Agent II

Brian Williams ~ Office Specialist II

 

008 WELFARE NON-SUPERVISORY ~ Eligibility Chapter – Three Open Seats

James Starr ~ Human Services Specialist

Christopher Jenkins ~ Eligibility Specialist

Amanda Peachin ~ Eligibility Specialist

Sara Jones ~ Human Services Specialist

Athalia Chamberlain ~ Human Services Specialist

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Merced County Is NOT Willing to Contribute

To Your Healthcare Rate Increases

October 1, 2018

Merced County noticed all bargaining units that the healthcare premium rates will be increasing by 3.6% for 2019. UPE immediately triggered the provision in our contract which allows us to negotiate the healthcare premium portion of our MOU.

As a result, we met with and provided a proposal to the County. The proposal stated, “The County of Merced will cover all UPE Unit 3 employees' premium healthcare costs associated with the 2019 increase rates.”

The County responded indicating they are not interested. UPE asked who exactly was not interested. The County replied that the Board of Supervisors directed them not to reopen the healthcare provision of our MOU. UPE inquired as to when and where the decision was made by the Board of Supervisors since we did not see them collectively provide direction or take action at an open meeting. Merced County's Lead Negotiator stated that she assumed it was in closed session.

UPE was very disappointed to hear that Merced County is not willing to provide some relief to our lowest paid members knowing that the cost of living has already increased to nearly 3% and that an increase in healthcare premiums will add an additional 3.6% in 2019.

According to the County, our proposal will only cost them $101,717.00; a drop in the bucket compared to the County’s (2017/18) budget of $626.7 million

(https://www.co.merced.ca.us/ArchiveCenter/ViewFile/Item/761).

The County will take our proposal and justification to the Board of Supervisors during closed session. Thereafter, we will meet again with the County to hear the Supervisors' responses.

We will keep you updated. Remember, we must remain in solidarity and continue our efforts to effectively organize UPE Unit 3 employees to become members, attend meetings, and be ready for a fight, come early next year when negotiations resume.

 

If you have any questions about the above, please feel free to contact me at Barajas@upe1.org.

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008 Welfare Non-Supervisory Unit

Negotiations Update 

September 20, 2018 

Today, Members of the 008 Bargaining Unit Voted by an Overwhelming Margin to Ratify their new 3 Year Contract with Sacramento County!  

 

The contract will now go before the Board of Supervisors for Approval. UPE will provide an update once that process is complete.

Thank you to all the members that voted.  

Together We Are Strong!

 008 Summary of Tentative Agreement

 

 

NEWS & EVENTS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wednesday, November 7, 2018 - 005 Office Technical Board Meeting, 6:00 pm @ UPE.

Thursday, November 8, 2018 -  Court Office Technical Unit Meeting 6:00 pm @ UPE

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 008 Welfare Non-Supervisory Board Meeting, 6:00pm @ UPE.

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - Merced County Unit 3 Board Meeting 5:30 pm at 2222 M Street, Merced,  CA 95340

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - Court Professionals Unit meeting 12:00 pm @ FRC .

Thursday, November 15, 2018 - Council/Ballot Counting/Basic Steward Training III (*Session 3) 6:00 pm @ UPE

Tuesday, November 27, 2018 - Board of directors Meeting 6:00 pm @ UPE


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STEWARDS TRAINING
 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:
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UPE Office - 9333
Tech Center Drive
Sacramento, CA 95826
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