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United Professors of Marin has represented teachers, counselors, librarians and other non-administrative certificated employees at the College of Marin for more than 37 years. Unit members include both full time and part time employees who serve students at the Kentfield and Indian Valley Campuses in Marin County, California.

 VOTE!   CONTRACT RATIFICATION!   VOTE!

UPM MEMBERS ONLY: Drop-in vote in the UPM Office, VS 11 (in the Village Square)

DATES & TIMES:
  September 1 through 3, 2015
     9:30 am until 3:30 pm

  September 8, 2015
     9:30 am until 6 pm

Please download and review the attched PDF of Summary Of All Agreed Upon Terms...

Then drop by the UPM office during the dates and times listed above, sign-in, and cast your vote!

 VOTE!                      VOTE!                      VOTE!  

  GENERAL Membership Meetings!  

AGENDA: UPM Collective Bargaining Tentative Agreement

LOCATIONS, DATES & TIMES:
  Room 11, Village Square, KTD  Monday 8/24/2015 @ 4 pm

  Room 116, Building 27, IVC  Thursday 8/27/2015 @ 3 pm

  Room 11, Village Square, KTD  Friday 8/28/2015 @ 10 am

  Room 11, Village Square, KTD  Monday 8/31/2015 @ 1:30 pm


August Collective Bargaining Agreement Update
(for real this time)

The UPM Bargaining Team went into negotiations two years ago with the intention of getting the best contract we could for ALL its members. We did not want to focus on any single item but rather to pursue an avenue that would profit all members equitably. Continuing with this commitment to our membership, on August 10, 2015, we met with the District to resolve problematic language that held up final ratification of our contract.

As you will recall from our previous updates in The Union Press, after the UPM membership had ratified what we thought was a new agreement, we discovered in late May ambiguity in the language of Article 4.1 that brought everything to a standstill. We hustled for meetings with the District to resolve the ambiguity, but with summer ensuing, we could not arrange a meeting due to previously scheduled vacation plans on both sides.

The ambiguity in 4.1 consisted of conflicting statements regarding District medical coverage of permanent/probationary unit members. In essence, UPM understood that the District would cover in full permanent/probationary unit members on Kaiser family plans. The District, on the other hand, insisted that its maximum contribution to such plans would remain at the 2014/2015 cap. The difference between the District cap and the full Kaiser family rate is $332 per month.

On Monday, August 10, UPM and the MCCD met with the intention to resolve the problematic language so that our unit members could benefit from the substantial wage increases we had already agreed upon, and we succeeded in bringing Contract negotiations to a close. Since the District had already put everything on the table that it had intended to dedicate to UPM Wages, we had to find another way to fix the flaw so that our members could begin to enjoy the benefits of the new contract.

Here is what we came up with:
Permanent/probationary unit members on Kaiser family plans will pay $100 per month out of pocket as their contribution to the difference in the coverage. The remainder will be made up from a portion of the retro pay that we had bargained earlier. (You will remember that we had bargained a series of step increases and that these increases would be, in part, effective back to the beginning of 2014.) After much deliberation, the UPM Executive Council and Bargaining Team felt that the most equitable way to deal with the discrepancy would be to begin retro payments in March 2014, instead of January, and to use the January/February funds to make up the remainder of the cost for the family plans.

It took nearly four hours meeting with the District to get this done, but we did it and we can all now look forward to October when we will begin receiving retro pay. By reformulating the monies that the District put on the table, we were able to minimize the impact on unit members with families and still reward all our members with what will amount to 20 months of step-increase retro pay.

We realize that the delay in the implementation of the new contract has been a source of frustration for some, and we apologize. We have done our best to serve our membership as a whole, and we are confident that everyone will benefit from the new contract. Additionally, as we move forward, UPM eagerly awaits the opportunity to tackle other outstanding contractual issues through the recently established Labor-Management Committee, so that we can continue to improve our working conditions.

John Sutherland
UPM Chief Negotiator

Download PDF:
Timeline for UPM Checks


 RATIFICATION SLOWDOWN 
After a flurry of conversations on Tuesday, May 19, 2015, UPM and the District agreed to pull from the Board agenda ratification of the MCCD/UPM Contract. While all other agreed upon Articles are uncontested, one part of Benefits has caused alarm. It was UPM's understanding that the "District shall pay the full cost of medical, dental, vision and disability insurance programs at the dollar amount set by the carrier for through 2016."(See sentence 1 below) The District's understanding of the same article, 4.1, however, rests on sentence 4: "The 2014/2015 district benefit contributions shall continue during through 2016 subject to change resulting from a negotiated agreement in reopeners."

In essence, the slowdown can be summarized like this: UPM felt we had reached an agreement in which the District would cover "the full cost" of Benefits while the District felt it would be continuing contributions to Benefits at the 2014/1015 cap.

The ambiguous language in Article 4.1 has created a standstill that we have been working to resolve since its discovery. We have been meeting daily and will continue to meet until we find a solution. However, we wanted the membership to know the situation now in order to prepare for another ratification vote on the new, amended agreement.

We will keep you posted on all progress through the UPM Website.

ARTICLE 4: FRINGE BENEFITS
4.1 Permanent/Probationary Unit Members

The District shall pay the full cost of medical, dental, vision and disability insurance programs at the dollar amount set by the carrier for 2010/2011 and 2011/2012 through 2016. The District's maximum contribution for medical insurance coverage shall be the Kaiser Family Rate at the dollar amount set by the carrier for that year. The co-pay for all Kaiser and HealthNet non-Kaiser plans shall be $20 established by the carrier plans and shall be implemented within 60 calendar days following the ratification of the Tentative Agreement. The 2011-2012 2014/2015 district benefit contributions shall continue during 2012-2013 through 2016 subject to change resulting from a negotiated agreement in reopeners. Should the rate for any District medical insurance program exceed the Kaiser Family Rate, the unit member will have deducted from his/her paycheck the difference between the Kaiser Family Rate and the rate for the medical insurance program in which the unit member is enrolled (except as provided for in 4.1.2).

Laurie Ordin, UPM President
John Sutherland, UPM Chief Negotiator



Posted for members to review, contract content ratified on May 13, 2015:
   List of Tentative Agreements per Article
   Salary Spreadsheets x3, per each year of the Agreement
   Agreement on Benefits (Article 4)


 New UPM Office Location 
The UPM Office will be relocated to VS 11 in the "Village Square."
Please come visit Josette and Nancy  in the new location for UPM information or to say "Hello."

 Medical Benefits Update   
In accordance with the Affordable Care Act, the District must notify active employees 60 days in advance of proposed medical plan changes and retired employees 45 days in advance of planned changes. Employees must also complete an application for new coverage prior to the plan effective date.

For those employees who elect to change their medical plan coverage, the District will conduct an Open Enrollment in May 2014 for the medical plan effective date of July 1, 2014, and an additional Open enrollment in October/November 2014 for the February 2015 renewal date.

As requested by the Employee Benefit Advisory Committee, SISC medical plan options will be reviewed with employees at the beginning of May. The Open Enrollment period will be finalized by next week and announced shortly thereafter.

For more information about SISC and medical plan options:
http://www.marin.edu/WORD-PPT/PDFApril2014BenefitOverviewforCOMBoardfinaslversion.pdf

If you have any questions, please contact the following UPM reps:
Bonnie Borenstein or Laurie Ordin

 New Links & Benefits Page   
The Benefits page has been updated to include additional links that can be helpful to the UPM Full-time and Part-time members, including links to: AFT; CalSTRS; Union Plus; and "How to read your paycheck" (AFT link).
More to come!



 National Badass Teacher Organization 
"This is for every teacher who refuses to be blamed for the failure of our society to erase poverty and inequality, and refuses to accept assessments, tests and evaluations imposed by those who have contempt for real teaching and learning."

Join the discussion: www.badassteacher.org

 Information for Part Timers: Unemployment Benefits  
If you are a part-time community college instructor, you are entitled to receive unemployment benefits between semesters and during the summer break when you are not teaching. Click the View Details link for more information. [View details]


 Material for the UPM Website & Newsletter   
UPM members are encouraged to submit material for the membership to access via the UPM Website and/or the UPM Newsletter!

Please provide potential material for the UPM Newsletter to the UPM Newsletter Editor, and/or potential material for the UPM Website to the UPM Executive Secretary for review by the Executive Council members.

You may also use the Contact Form to submit potential material for the Newsletter or Website.

 UPM Suggestions & Comments   
UPM members are highly encouraged to submit comments and/or suggestions for UPM related business (i.e. meetings, contract articles, etc.).
Please use the Contact Form to submit suggestions and/or comments.

                                               IN DEFENSE OF EDUCATION                                               
The United Professors of Marin join faculty, students and staff at all California Community Colleges, at the California State University (CSU),
and the University of California (UC) to defend excellence in and access to higher education across California and on our campuses.


Updated: 2/15/2014 ~ Contact derek@unitedprofessorsofmarin.org