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Congratulations to the Winners of the Fourth Annual UPE Scholarship Competition!
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The UPE Board of Directors is proud to have awarded four $2,000 scholarships to the following recipients: Zachary Rodriguez, Regina Aguanza Garcia, Briana Edvalson & Nicole Khudyakov.
Thank you to all the applicants and we wish you nothing but success as you pursue higher education. 
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 008 Meet and Confer Update

Cal-Works Class Average Score

     UPE and representatives from DHA met and conferred on Friday, September 25, 2020 over the Department’s plan to create a minimum test score required for workers to move from Medi-Cal/Cal-Fresh (MACF) HSS positions to Cal-Works HSS positions.  The Department proposed requiring workers to score an average of 80% on training class tests in order to move into their Cal-Works positions.  If workers failed to meet the required score, they would be placed back into a MACF position.  The Department stated that they could not guarantee these workers would return to their same positions because those positions may already be back-filled. 

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Sutter Bargaining Unit Update 

      UPE and representatives from Sutter Court met on September 24, 2020, to continue contract negotiations.  The Court had promised to make a full budget presentation to UPE at this meeting.  However, UPE was disappointed to learn that the Court did not have a complete understanding of its budget picture.  The Court could only share broad projections.  In response, UPE made a number of specific information requests relating to the Budget in order to get a complete understanding of the Court’s fiscal picture.  

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COT/Court Professional Update

COVID Prevention Plan

     On September 21, 2020, UPE met with the Sacramento Superior Court to discuss its’, “COVID Prevention Plan”. This plan has been in place for some time, but since they recently brought it to our attention, it gave us an opportunity to review it to see if there were any concerns. 

     The purpose of this document was to ensure that employees are safe while at work, but the biggest thing UPE saw missing was an effective plan to reduce the number of workers who were actually reporting to work. In addition, UPE and the court board did find inaccurate verbiage. For instance, the document states, “no public will be entering through the security screening area”. We know that is no longer true and the Court agreed to revise the wording on the document.

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U.S. Dept of Labor Update

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Confused about paid sick leave or familily medical leave related to the reopening of schools? Which documents do you need to provide to the employer?  The U.S. Department of Labor has compiled a FAQ sheet about eligibility for paid leave under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. 

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Nominations produced one ballot in the 008 Welfare Non-Supervisory Unit / Eligibility Chapter 

     The Eligibility Chapter Consists of Human Services Specialist I & II, Human Services Quality & Review Specialists. 

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005/008 Meet & Confer Update

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Changes

       UPE met with representatives from Sacramento County on September 18th and 21st to discuss changes to the application of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) in response to a recent California Supreme Court Decision. Previously, money that workers received for not using County healthcare, payments of CTO over max, and vacation pay outs were not counted towards a worker’s earnings for calculating FLSA overtime.  The recent decision requires these wages to be included.  As a result, some workers were underpaid for overtime over the last three years.  The County is going back and repaying these workers.   

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005 & 008 Meet & Confer Update

DHA Self-Assessment Signage

       DHA initially proposed that every time an employee was to use their badge to enter the bureau, they would be attesting that they do not have COVID-19.

      UPE rejected that wording because it would involve attesting to something that employees cannot be sure of, since DHA employees are not doctors. The union viewed that as a potential set-up to allow employees to be disciplined for getting sick. DHA then proposed signage when entering the facility.

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UPE Update

Class Pass Discount & Free Self- Care App Access with Kaiser Permanente

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     Feeling overwhelmed? Check out ClassPass or the Calm/ My Strength apps for free! ClassPass offers over 4,000 online fitness classes for $0/month. Meditation is a proven way to lower stress. Nervous about trying it? Let Calm guide you through the process at no cost to you! Now, is the time to prioritize yourself and your health. Go to kp.org/exercise or kp.org/selfcareapps to log in and find a litte more peace in your life. 

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UPE Featured in the Sacramento News & Review!

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Read how UPE steps in to advocate for members when they need them the most.  

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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:
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2020 Steward Training Schedule


All Board Meetings Conducted Via GoToMeeting

Wed, Sept. 2- 005 Office Technical Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting

Thu, Sept. 3- Sutter Board Meeting, 12:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting

Tue, Sept. 8 - Court Professionals Unit Meeting, 12:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting

Tue, Sept. 8- Merced Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. via GoToMeeting

Tue, Sept. 8- 008 Welfare Non-Supervisory Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting

Thu, Sept. 10 - Court Office Technical Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting

Thu, Sept. 17- Yuba Board Meeting, 12:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting

Thu, Sept. 17  - 6:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting

- Steward Training:  

Tue,  Sept. 22 - Board of Directors Meeting, 6:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting


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