New & Noteworthy

April 23, 2015

Report of UCRS Advisory meeting on Feb 17, 2015

UC Members here is an update from the last UCRS Retirement Board meeting. This meeting was attended via conference call.

  • What is being called the conference of two, Governor Brown and U.C. President Janet Napolitano, have been meeting concerning U.C. funding for 2015- 2016 year. The U.C. is asking for more state funding to run the Universities, pay salaries and fund the retirement program. The Governor has asked for concessions such as more transparency within the University, less foreign enrollment, and a look into Executive Salaries and Faculty more in the classrooms. He also mentioned our retirement system and would like to see it go in the direction the state has gone.
  • An update on U.C. path: UCOP has reorganized and a new CEO has been hired to oversee U.C. Path and information Tech and sustainability. This is the third change in U.C. path as far as leadership. They did point out that collective bargaining does have a role in the U.C path system they still plan to roll out this year. The Governor and Napolitano will have a separate meeting on retirement and Faculty workload. The results from these meeting should be known in June. Both sides have been bringing in subject matter experts with them at the meetings.
  • UCRS FINANCIAL REPORT: Economy is strong in the U.S but not the rest of the world. The financial experts expect interest rates to go up. And expect shock from the oil commodities. These will affect market returns on U.C. retirement equity so money is being invested in areas to get the best returns for the UCRS Pension plan. In 2014, 53 billion dollars were in the pension plan. One billion dollars per year are going out to retirements 52.8 billion were earned 53 percent of the money is in equity markets U.S, emerging markets and global equities. For Retirement savings program to many people including our members have their 503B investments going to savings with not much being earned as opposed to investing in equities and balanced funds. The recommendation from the financial CFO is to put money into a balanced fund which will earn more interest and compound your money. Some of the investment funds in the 403b portfolio are going to be removed soon the University is going to streamline the investments available so it is not so confusing to new employees. They will be sending a personalized statement that will guide people as to what funds are being removed and what investments are still available. Workshops on campuses and webinars will be available online. 50 % of employees are using the 403B plan. I hope all of our members especially the tier two members are using and investing in the 403B plan.
  • The nominations are open for the two seats on the UCRS advisory board. The election will happen in May and results will be in June all UCRS members will get a ballot to vote. So keep an eye out for your ballot.
  • The last two Coalition meetings were cancelled so nothing new to report on. UCOP Labor relations did send out an E-mail to the coalition of unions that within 10 days they were going to schedule a coalition meeting regarding benefits. This notice came out last week.

Thanks for letting me be of service.

Dave Rogers
UCSD Steward, UC Union Coalition Representative

March 19, 2015

CSU Unit 6 Global Grievance Layoff Settlement

SETC-United has nearly completed the process of reviewing all of the information and documentation that has been submitted to date, and is currently following up to fill in gaps in information required for us to make our final calculation of each member's individual entitlement. Once we have completed those calculations, each of you will receive an explanation of how your individual entitlement was calculated.

At the same time as we provide the explanation of your individual calculation, we will provide information regarding the process for submitting and resolving any genuine disputes over the calculation of your entitlement, which will be determined by the arbitrator. The dispute resolution process is important to ensure that everyone receives the distribution they are entitled to. However, we will not be able to finalize everyone's individual entitlement until the arbitrator has resolved any and all disputes, so we are going to make that process as quick and efficient as possible.

We appreciate everyone's ongoing cooperation with this process.

Carl Kimberlin
Business Manager

Jennifer Keating, Esq.
Leonard Carder, LLP

March 12, 2015

CSU Initial Proposals for Successor Contract Negotiations with Bargaining Unit 6 (SETU)

As promised, SETCU has just received the CSU Initial Proposals for Successor Contract Negotiations with SETCU. Please Click here to view.

Carl Kimberlin
Business Manager

March 9, 2015

SETC-United John R. Connor Memorial Scholarship

Applications for the SETC-United John R. Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund for 2015 are now being accepted. You must be a registered member to access the scholarship application. If you are a registered member and have forgotten your password, please email info@setc-united.org and your password will be sent to you. If you need to register, click here. Once you have registered, your membership will need to be approved. You will be notified of your membership by email.

Click here to access the scholarship application.

Thank you.

James Boothe
Chair, Scholarship Committee
(909) 771-9038
jboothe@setc-united.org

March 7, 2015

SETCU-CSU 2015 Initial "Concept" Bargaining Proposals

The SETC-United CSU negotiating team members met on February 17-19, 2015 to prepare and finalize our bargaining proposals based on input from the contract surveys we received statewide as well as input from our bargaining team.

The SETC-United/CSU bargaining team consists of:

Matt Ross, Chief Negotiator (Leonard Carder)
Carl Kimberlin, Business Manager
Ken Sanchez, President
Chris Sprofera, Vice President
Gary Kestel, Recording Secretary
Dave Hagstrom, Executive Board Member
Joe Mendoza, Executive Board Member
James Boothe, Executive Board Member

The bargaining team is scheduled to begin the presentation of our proposals on April 8-9, 2015 as well as establishing the ground rules. As soon as the CSU has presented their proposals to us, we will post on our website.

To read the our initial "concept" proposals for SETC-United, please Click Here

January 7, 2015

Retirement Investments and Strategies

Dear UC Members:

There is a new benefits portal that has classes on retirement investments and strategies for future investment and retirement planning for each campus. This is really helpful to our members and it will also help the new people coming into the university, plan for a retirement, since a big part of it will be how much they save and invest in the retirement program.

Click here to view classes offered and upcoming class schedules.

Dave Rogers
UCSD Steward
UC Union Coalition Representative

November 15, 2014

UCI Seeking Electrician

Position Title: Electrician
Location: UCI Campus, Irvine
Req No: 2014-1084

Click here to view posting

Brian Maloney
Executive Board Member, UCI

October 26, 2014

UCI Seeking Steam Operating Engineer

Position Title: Steam Operating Engineer
Location: UCI Campus, Irvine
Department: Facilities Management
Req No: 2014-1011
Recruitment Type: External

Click here to view posting

Brian Maloney
Executive Board Member, UCI

October 16, 2014

California Faculty Association Collective Bargaining

Dear Unit 6 Brothers and Sisters:

Please check out the link below that shows CFA is not willing to accept the 3-2-2 salary increases over the next three years. CFA is asking for 10%.

This is why we didn't accept the same proposal. The 3% salary reopener agreement still needs to be approved by the Board of Trustees at the November 12-13, 2014 meeting.

View article here.

Carl Kimberlin
Business Manager

September 30, 2014

CSU General Salary Increase

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
I am happy to announce that we reached an agreement with the CSU on September 17, 2014 for 3% General Salary Increase, (GSI), in wages under the wage re-opener of the current contract, which expires in July of 2015. This increase will take effect retroactively to July 1st of this year and applied to all hours worked since that date for all Unit 6 classifications. Also, it will increase the minimums and maximums for every classification, so this will increase the rates for new hires as well as current employees.

The background to this is that under this wage re-opener, we could propose only changes in wages/salaries and for the last year of the current agreement, or we could also have proposed changes to the benefits section of our contract, which we declined to do. Our wage re-opener bargaining occurred against the background of full contract negotiations CSU is having with other unions, the Police, the Faculty and the CSUEU and the Student Counselors union. The CSU proposed to us a three-year agreement on wages, with a 3% increase this year, a 2% increase next year and another 2% GSI July 2016. This, they said, was the same deal they offered the Faculty where negotiations are continuing, and it appears the CEUEU and the Student Counselors already agreed to, (subject to membership ratification). They also offered that if we agreed to this, it would lock in those increases in subsequent years, something the current contract is not clear about.

SETC rejected the CSU's proposal on the grounds that we want to see how the faculty come out; their negotiations are continuing. Plus, I did not want to jump start negotiations for the new contract without a full participation of a broader bargaining committee than we have been able to bring to the table for these wage re-opener negotiations. So, for now, we'll settle for the 3% increase for 2014-2015, something which will take some of the pressure off our bargaining this coming year, which will start in February, and in which I intend to seek more than 2% increases for you. It is my belief that we are entitled to more; we keep the lights on, the classroom cool, (or warm), we hold the campus together, and our members, you and your colleagues, all could make substantially more in the private sector than other university employees.

So, let's enjoy this 3% increase, and start getting ready for intense contract negotiations starting in the New Year. For that purpose, we'll be holding meetings late in the fall, at each campus, to get together strong committees to demonstrate locally your strong belief that Trades employees at CSU, deserve more.

In solidarity,

Carl Kimberlin
Business Manager

September 25, 2014

UCSD Member Updates

SETC-United's team has met with HDL and Facilities representative for the last three months on a number of issues in Labor Management meetings. Click here for a report on these meetings.

Carl Kimberlin
Business Manager

September 23, 2014

Update on UCLA Bargaining

Today is another day of bargaining for SETCU. I have included the bargaining summary (Click here to view) for your perusal. For those of you who are seeing a summary for the first time, the abbreviation's and definitions are as follows:

TA stands for "tentative agreement", this means that both sides have agreed to the language in an individual article. This article, as written, is signed by both parties, then set aside. To reverse this decision is known as "regressive bargaining" and is frowned upon by both sides. It can be done, but there better be a really good reason for it. As you can see, there is quite a few articles that are TA'ed.

SETCU counters are our proposals that we have received from management, SETCU made adjustments and are returning them back to management. As you can see, we have 18 counter proposals to give them today which is about 40% of our contract.

UCLA Counters. We expect them to give US these proposals back, with their adjustments.

CORE Articles. These have not been brought up yet and are highly important. Stay tuned for more updates.

Tracy Hanamoto
Executive Board Member/Chief Steward
Bargaining Team Member

July 23, 2014

UCI Bargaining Update

The UCI bargaining team has been diligently working to augment our contract. So far, we have tentatively agreed to fourteen out of the forty nine articles within our contract. The pace has been somewhat slow, as our bargaining team has proposals on 45 of the 49 Articles, but, despite UCI's stated intentions at the table, they have not provided counter proposals they promised to provide [at one session promised 6 counter proposals, but only had one], and are reluctant to agree to the most fundamental changes, even when they admit they routinely, and without exception do what we're asking to put in writing, and yet, they do not want to commit their routine practice to writing. We have robust exchanges at the table, but, have yet to see much agreement from UCI. We are already essentially at impasse on several Articles as UCI has not budged, and we may have to start putting those Articles in a formal "Impasse pile" starting at the next meeting, August 8. Our goal is to change language that better protects our members, and most importantly, to gain a contract which is fair to our members and can be clearly understood to both sides. Most of what we have agreed to have been no change articles or minor syntax and/or spelling corrections. We'll keep you updated, on this website relative to progress toward a completed contract, or formal declaration of Impasse to PERB. We have three more scheduled dates for bargaining on August 8th,13th, and the 25th.

Please feel free to email me at bmaloney@setc-united.org if you have any concerns.

SETCU BARGAINING TEAM
UCI CS

June 4, 2014

CSU Re-Openers for Salaries Requested

Dear Brothers and Sisters,
On April 30, 2014, SETCU requested CSU re-openers for salaries (Article 24) for the fiscal year 2014/2015 pursuant to Article 24 of our CBA.

What follows is a time line of responses since our request.

In an effort to keep you all informed of what's going on in your Union, we will be making a greater effort in posting current events and information on our website. I appreciate your patience and continued support.

Over the next several months, we will be getting extremely busy with not only the CSU re-openers for salaries but we will be coming into sunshining for the CSU contract. I encourage all Unit 6 members to take an interest in these issues and feel free to make suggestions or forward any information that you feel would benefit our goals of increasing our salary structure and making our contract stronger. For instance, at one of the CSU campuses, they are having an issue with CTO and how management utilizes it to their advantage. On another campus, it's their interpretation of how and when we can use vacation or sick leave, and you may be having an issue with the continuous and ongoing problem of working out of classification not to mention the contracting out of Our Work!

All of these if not more may be happening on your campus and we may or may not know about it. So by sharing amongst ourselves relevant issues and information we will be helping ourselves become United and Stronger which is what they don't want. So let's not give them what they want!

Click here to view correspondence.

Stay tuned for upcoming information.

Thank you very much.

Carl Kimberlin
Business Manager

June 1, 2014

2014 Scholarship Recipients

We'd like to thank you all for submitting your scholarship application essays. As much as we would like to fund all of the 74 scholarship applications we received, unfortunately we can only fund 40. Applicants who did not receive a scholarship in the last two years and applied again this year are given priority selection.

The following scholarship applicants will receive $500 (checks will be mailed out the first week of June) from the SETC-United John R. Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund for 2014. The SETC-United Memorial Scholarships are made possible by a generous commitment from the members of SETC-United who all donate a portion of their member dues to provide permanent scholarship support to students like you, every year.

Congratulations again on being selected and best of luck to you as you continue your studies. We look forward to hearing of your success!

  • Name
  • Qualifying Member Campus
  • Andrew Adams
  • San Jose
  • Jocelyn Alvarado
  • San Francisco
  • Tristan Biles
  • Long Beach
  • Ashley Candia
  • UCI
  • Andrew Castillo
  • UCI
  • Amanda Castillo
  • San Francisco
  • Adam Chang
  • Fullerton
  • Enrique Chavez
  • Fullerton
  • Kelly Dejong
  • Fullerton
  • Sonja Downing
  • UCM
  • Juan Garay
  • San Francisco
  • Michael Heering
  • San Jose
  • Franklin Griggs
  • Humboldt
  • Shane Hernandez
  • UCI
  • Emily Highstreet
  • East Bay
  • Lisa Hoffman
  • San Diego
  • Bridgette Homstad
  • San Bernardino
  • Arielle Huitron
  • UCLA
  • Madison Jordan
  • Northridge
  • Samantha Kelly
  • Sacramento
  • Jennifer Ledesma
  • UCI
  • Daniela Magana
  • San Marcos
  • Eric Martinez
  • Northridge
  • Valerie Ostrowski
  • Fullerton
  • Daniel Paine
  • Long Beach
  • Jason Ramirez
  • Monterey Bay
  • Bryce Raney
  • Sacramento
  • Brianna Rodriguez
  • UCLA
  • Christopher Scyphers
  • San Francisco
  • Justin Segura
  • Fullerton
  • Danielle Slater
  • Northridge
  • Kerry Smith
  • UCSD
  • Robert Soza
  • UCSD
  • Francisco Tejeda
  • Stanislaus
  • Kayla Tilton
  • San Diego
  • Tino Todorovic
  • UCSD
  • Jesus Valenzuela
  • Long Beach
  • Stephen Watson
  • San Francisco
  • Wes Zuffinetti
  • Bakersfield

May 4, 2014

Attention Scholarship Applicants

Dear Scholarship Applicants,

If you submitted an scholarship application prior to February 29, 2014, please resubmit your application. Scholarship applications received prior to this date were on the the old email server and unretrievable.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

April 10, 2014

General Membership Meeting

Dear Members,
Our next Quarterly General Membership meeting is being hosted by CSU Monterey Bay on Saturday, April 26, 2014, beginning at 9:00 a.m.

We would like to encourage all members and especially stewards from the surrounding campuses to attend to obtain information on contract negotiations, financials, grievances, ULPs, etc.

Don't miss the opportunity to talk about issues that are important to you.

For further information on location and directions, click here.

Carl Kimberlin
Business Manager

March 18, 2014

Building Service Engineer at San Diego State

Dear Members,
San Diego State University is currently recruiting for a Building Service Engineer. Please click here to view posting.

Chris Sprofera
Executive Board Member

February 1, 2014

Changing Email Servers

Dear Members,
We are in the process of changing over our email servers. There should not be any interruption of service. Members, who have an setc-united.org email, will need to set up new passwords and migrate their email from the old servers, if they choose. We will be posting further instructions, once the accounts are ready.

January 17, 2014

John R. Connor Memorial Scholarship Applications

Dear Members,
Applications for the SETC-United, John R. Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund are now being accepted. To access the scholarship application, simply click on the "Inside SETC" tab in the menu navigation and you will find the link under the "For Our Members" section.

Completed applications must be submitted online by May 31, 2014.

Thank you.

Carl Kimberlin
Business Manager

January 11, 2014

UCI Contract Negotiations

Dear UCI Members,
We will be sunshining the UCI contract for the upcoming contract negotiations very soon. We need your input as to what you feel is important for the contract. Please take the time to voice your suggestions, changes, additions, etc., by filling out the following contract survey. Just click on the link below to access the "UCI Contract Survey for 2014" or you can copy and paste the link into your browser and fill out the survey.

Click here to take the survey

Carl Kimberlin
Business Manager

Brian Maloney
Executive Board Member/UCI Chief Steward

November 26, 2013

2013/2014 SETCU-CSU Contract Re-opener

The CSU Board of Trustees has approved a 1.34% salary increase for all Unit 6 members in active status, or on leave, as of July 1, 2013. The increase shall be paid pro-rata for employees who are less than full time.

All Unit 6 salary range minimums and maximums for all classifications shall be increased by 1.34%. These changes shall be effective July 1, 2013.

The general salary increase shall be effective July 1, 2013.

Please note that it could take several months for the above to get processed through the State Controller's Office. Click here to view the proposal.

Carl Kimberlin
Business Manager

November 1, 2013

STATE EMPLOYEES' TRADES COUNCIL-UNITED EXECUTIVE BOARD 2013 ELECTION RESULTS

Dear Members:
The Election Judges have now written to say that they have dismissed two election protests and have completed their work, effectively certifying that the results of the SETC-United Officers election are final. The new officers are as follows:

Business Manager Carl Kimberlin, CSU Los Angeles
President Kenneth Sanchez, CSU Fullerton
Vice President Chris Sprofera, San Diego State
Secretary/Treasurer Linda Chang, CSU Fullerton
Recording Secretary Gary Kestel, San Jose State
Executive Board Member Gary Comer, UC Los Angeles
Executive Board Member Tracy Hanamoto, UC Los Angeles
Executive Board Member Brian Maloney, UC Irvine
Executive Board Member Willian Heaps, UC San Diego
Executive Board Member Joe Mendoza, CSU Fresno
Executive Board Member Dave Hagstrom, San Francisco State
Executive Board Member James Boothe, CSU San Bernardino

SETC-United Executive Board

JOHN CONNOR REMEMBERED

In remembrance of John Connor, Business Manager 1982 - October 18, 2009

A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He chose to take the best!

October 14, 2013

STATE EMPLOYEES' TRADES COUNCIL-UNITED EXECUTIVE BOARD 2013 ELECTION RESULTS

Dear Members:

On Thursday, October 10th, the ballots for all SETC-United Officers and Board Members were counted in by a third party election company retained by the Executive Board to conduct this election, True Ballot, Inc. In accordance with SETCU's Election Rules, which are available at this link, http://www.setc-united.org/pdf/Election_Posting_No3.pdf, persons wishing to challenge the election results on account of an alleged violation of the Election Rules may do so up until the close of business on the tenth (10th) calendar day following this posting of the election results. Accordingly, an election challenge or protest must be filed by the close of business, 5 PM, on Thursday, October 24. Note that the election rules expressly state the time limit for filing an election protest will be strictly construed and that an election protest "must include a detailed statement of the reasons for the election protest and the names and contact information of individuals who purportedly have information supporting the election protest or other relevant information or it is subject to be summarily dismissed." To view the certification supplied by the election company and vote totals, click here.

The persons elected to office are listed as follows:

Business Manager Carl Kimberlin, CSU Los Angeles
President Kenneth Sanchez, CSU Fullerton
Vice President Chris Sprofera, San Diego State
Secretary/Treasurer Linda Chang, CSU Fullerton
Recording Secretary Gary Kestel, San Jose State
Executive Board Member Gary Comer, UC Los Angeles
Executive Board Member Tracy Hanamoto, UC Los Angeles
Executive Board Member Brian Maloney, UC Irvine
Executive Board Member Willian Heaps, UC San Diego
Executive Board Member Joe Mendoza, CSU Fresno
Executive Board Member Dave Hagstrom, San Francisco State
Executive Board Member James Boothe, CSU San Bernardino

SETC-United Executive Board

September 25, 2013

Attention SETCU/CSU Unit 6 Employees

On Monday, September 23, 2013, SETCU reopened wages and sunshined for a 1.34% GSI. CSU will sunshine November 5, 2013.

Herb Dickerson
Business Manager

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