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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.

 Fall 2015 Union Meeting & Luncheon 
Wednesday, August 12th
Noon to 1:30 PM in the KTD Cafeteria

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.

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:

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