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Merced Unit 3: Contract Negotiations Update

On May 2, 2024, UPE met with Merced County to negotiate a successor agreement for UPE Unit 3 members. UPE entered multiple proposals during this negotiation session, such as a 10% training differential, out-of-class pay, and exceptional consideration language for promotion, which would give our members the first consideration within their department for a position versus someone outside the department. Two additional holidays that the state recognizes, Cesar Chavez Day and Juneteenth, and adding binding arbitration to all grievance and discipline hearings, which allows an arbitrator's ruling on all appeals to be final and binding. We will be submitting equity and healthcare proposals within the next two bargaining sessions.

The County will be addressing our healthcare concerns at our next bargaining session. We raised concerns about the unaffordable healthcare rates and the County's lack of healthcare options. We have made it very clear that it is essential the County provides affordable healthcare for our Unit 3 members.

UPE remains unwavering in its fight for a better contract, striving to obtain fair wages and affordable healthcare benefits to ensure our members' and their families' financial well-being and health security.

Thank you to all those who attended the Board of Supervisors meeting on April 23, 2024, to show your support, where UPE demanded that the Board of Supervisors provide livable wages and affordable healthcare benefits. Remember to support your fellow members and raise your voice with the union. For more details on joining the union or getting involved, please visit our website at or contact us at

UPE Bargaining Team Members: 

Ted Somera, UPE Executive Director; Carlos Alcala, UPE Business Agent; UPE Governing Board members Lisa Sykes, Stephanie Bryant, Monica Lerma, and Mayra Ybarra.




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