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Negotiations Update American Rescue Plan Act Funds (ARPA) 005 and 008 Bargaining Units

On September 28, 2021, Sacramento County canceled meetings again with both the 005 and 008 UPE Negotiations Teams. This is now the second time the County has canceled meetings with UPE.

The Board of Supervisors approved new CEO Ann Edwards to authorize an additional $550,000 for private consulting firm Deloitte and Touche, LLP. All total, the County has now authorized up to $1,165,000 of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds towards a private consulting company to advise them on how to spend ARPA funds. All the while, our members, who have been deemed as essential workers throughout this pandemic, have received nothing but a thank you from the County Executive.

The County has yet to recognize workers’ efforts in any way! The County’s priorities are out of line! The ARPA makes clear that funds may be spent on premium pay for essential workers. UPE proposed “VIP pay” to the County, which is fair and reasonable monetary compensation for our UPE members who continue to work every single day to keep the County running during this critical and unprecedented time.

The County should not need $1,165,000 in advice to understand something that is plainly written in the law. The County should not need $1,165,000 in advice to distribute and track ARPA monies when they have extremely competent County employees who work for the County Chief Financial Officer who can do this work! The more monies they take from the current $150,000,000 they have received, the less they have to recognize the essential workers!

UPE is asking its members to voice their discontent with the County Executive’s decision to increase the funding for private consulting firm Deloitte and Touche, LLP to $1,165,000.

Please go to the attached link and sign the petition demanding County Executive Ann Edwards and the Board of Supervisors show their appreciation to all UPE members who are deemed essential workers by providing them with VIP PAY!

Click Here to Access Petition:


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