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Fifth Annual


United Public Employees Scholarship



Applications must be postmarked by May 31, 2021. As a part of the application, those applying must complete a minimum 500-word essay, include three letters of reference and transcripts.

Scholarship recipients will be awarded at the June 15, 2021 Board of Directors meeting. 

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Know Your Rights

It is imperative that you know your employee rights in order to ensure equal treatment and fairness in the workplace. As a public employee, you have rights that are granted through your union contract, state and federal law, and work place policies. UPE's staff and member-leaders have fought tirelessly throughout the years to expand and protect these rights.

Some of these rights include proper representation during an investigatory meeting pertaining to a disciplinary matter. Your rights to Family Medical Leave Act, American Disabilities Act, and sick/vacation leave request/usage. A change of policy that impacts your current working conditions prescribed under the MOU and or government code. All of this matters and we will educate you through this process.

To that end, we are developing a series of short, easy-to-read summaries of many of your employment rights. More summaries will be added to this website over the coming months. Always feel free to ask your Steward and or your Business Representative about your employment rights and how they apply to your specific circumstances. In most cases, your employer is not required to inform you of your rights.



UPE Secures Vaccine Release Time for all Sacramento County Employees

     As workers are all aware, COVID-19 vaccines are now available for workers based on age, medical condition and, in some cases, job function with the County.  From the beginning, UPE proposed that the County pay for workers to get vaccinated.  First, the County agreed to cover 2 hours of paid time for workers being vaccinated through a County arranged clinic.  This was a good start, but not enough. 

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New 2021 Covid Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

     California has adopted a new “Covid-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave” statute. SB 95 will go into effect on March 29, and is significantly broader in scope than the emergency paid sick leave provided by federal law that expired in December 2020, and is also more generous than California’s prior supplemental paid sick leave statute that also expired at the end of 2020. The new law applies to public and private employers of more than 25 employees nationwide, so long as at least one employee works in California, and requires them to provide a new allotment of “Supplemental Paid Sick Leave” (SPSL) between January 1, 2021, and September 30, 2021, for specific purposes.

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Update-DHA Open Lobby Bureaus: County Proposes

CalWORKs Intake Service Center Model

May 14, 2021 

UPE met again with the DHA regarding their proposed CalWorks Intake Service Center model in open-lobby bureaus. UPE had previously submitted numerous questions regarding impacts on intake, homeless, and the CSR functions. On several UPE questions, DHA requested clarification. UPE then provided clarification. At first, DHA said that CSR’s would not process intakes for client walk ins, then said only on rare occasions. DHA further added that CSR’s would examine client walk in documents and if an intake can be completed, then the CSR would assist. UPE also asked if ICT were done by intake. DHA first responded no, then shifted and said on just 2 exceptions to the rule. Their lack of concrete answers raised many concerns for UPE. Soon thereafter, we caucused as a team and crafted additional questions that will be submitted to DHA. We will most likely meet again in May; at which time we will submit proposals of our own. We would like to thank the following 008 Board members and members who have played a pivotal role thus far: James Starr, James Kent-Basham, Dan Herrera, Stephanie McCall, James Cobos, Patrick Hunter and members Eason Ramson, Adriana Guzman, and Lauri Calkins.




008 Return to Work Plan

May 5, 2021

UPE and DCFAS met on Monday May 3, 2021 to discuss the Department’s return to work plan.  The Department intends to ‘reset’ by rolling back changes that were implemented under the emergency COVID procedures.  This means that all workers who are teleworking will be required to return to their pre-COVID schedule.  Workers who were on telework agreements prior to COVID would be allowed to return to those schedules...

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DHA Open Lobby Bureaus: County Proposes

CalWORKs Intake Service Center Model 

April 30, 2021

          UPE was noticed by DHA that they plan to implement a CalWORKs Intake Service Center Model in the open lobby bureaus by the close of Fiscal Year 2020/2021. As a result, UPE met with DHA on several occasions to better understand the proposed changes so that we can mitigate impacts to our DHA Intake, CSR, and Homeless Assistance employees. At first glance, DHA is proposing that employees in Intake, CSR, and Homeless Assistance functions rotate quarterly between application processing, application processing phone queue, application follow up, Customer Service Representative, and Homeless Assistance Phone Queue, essentially creating a generic intake worker. UPE has submitted nearly 30 questions related to these proposed changes to DHA. As we hear back, we will assess the impacts and make suggestions including proposals to ensure appropriate changes are made to mitigate these impacts. No changes have been finalized, and more meetings will continue to occur. We would like to thank the following 008 Board members who have played a pivotal role thus far: James Starr, James Kent-Basham, Dan Herrera, Stephanie McCall, James Cobos, Patrick Hunter and 008 members - Eason Ramson, Adriana Guzman-Hernandez, and Lauri Calkins.



Meet & Confer Update

Sacramento District Attorney’s office Proposed Social Media Policy

April 29, 2021 

United Public Employees received a draft proposal for a “Social Media Policy” from the County of Sacramento’s District Attorney’s Office with the intention of encouraging discussion with the two Bargaining Unit’s that represent Members who work in the District Attorney’s Office.

On April 29, 2021 a UPE Business Representative and Governing Board Members from the 005 & 008 Bargaining Units met with Sacramento County and District Attorney representatives with the goal of sharing our feedback.

During the two-hour discussion, UPE representatives raised numerous concerns regarding the proposed policy, including but not limited to; addressing how the policy was written to consider all forms of social media, how the policy addressed both professional and personal interactions, and how violations would subject a Member to discipline. UPE noted that the draft presented had language that suggested existing County policies would be applied to all forms of social media engagement. It was not very clear how the County defined “behavior unbecoming of a District Attorney employee.”

 UPE noted that the draft presented was very different from other County policies; both in style and format, context, and purpose. In response, County representatives acknowledged that this was just a first draft; that they intended to listen to UPE’s concerns; make any necessary adjustments to the Policy; and meet again with UPE should they decide to move forward.






005 and 008 Bargaining Update

May 12, 2021

Your 005 and 008 UPE negotiations teams met at the end of April with representatives from the County to discuss a contract extension.  After presenting our proposals, the County said they needed to take the proposals back to the Board of Supervisors at the May 4, 2021 meeting.  This week, UPE learned that presentation was postponed until May 18 2021  This delay is unacceptable and UPE has demanded dates after the May 18th Board of Supervisors meeting.  We will continue to update our membership with the latest news.




 008 Negotiations Update #1

April 20, 2021  

     Your UPE 008 Bargaining Team met with the County on April 20, 2021. During the preliminary meeting, the County proposed a 1-year contract extension with a 2% raise the first pay period in July. UPE considers this proposal unacceptable. The County’s actions during the COVID-19 pandemic placed our members in harm’s way, forcing members to jeopardize their health and the health of their families. Our members made daily sacrifices in the face of rising workplace infections, in order to keep this County running. Your Bargaining Team expects the County to acknowledge these hardships. In response to the County’s frankly insulting proposal, your Bargaining Team’s opening proposal for a 1-year contract extension called for a 5% equity adjustment and $3000 for all essential workers to provide immediate financial relief. The County will be taking our proposal to the Board of Supervisors for discussions at closed session on May 4th. UPE expects to meet again with County in early May.




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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UPE Members of the Quarter!


   UPE Recognizes & Appreciates Your Support! 

Not Pictured: Yashoda Reddy, Angela Ortega, Amber Guerro, Andrii Beresnev, Angela Soltero, Andy Lee, Phyllis Duarte-Lowe, Tamra Williams-Jordan, Dana Somera, Michele Brashear, Charles Severance, Maria Angel, Christina Zepeda 

Cynthia Raley, Loretta Christian, Donna Seese, Angel Atilano, Angel Williams, Angela Horper, Michael Meraz, Nancy Wallace 

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2021 Stewards Training Schedule


All Board Meetings Conducted Via GoToMeeting

Weds, Apr. 7 - 005 Office Tech Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting

Thurs, Apr. 8 - COT Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting

Tue, Apr. 13 - Court Professional Board Meeting, 12:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting

Tue, Apr. 13 - Merced Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. via GoToMeeting

Tue, Apr. 13 - 008 Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting

Thurs, Apr. 15 - Yuba Board Meeting, 6:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting

Thurs, Apr. 15 - Stewards Training, 6:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting

Tues, Apr. 20 - Board of Directors Meeting, 6:00 p.m. via GoToMeeting 

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