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September 16, 2016

2016 Election Results

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August 31, 2016

Election Information and Candidate Statements:

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Ballots must be placed in the mail so that they will be received at the designated P.O. Box before 12:00 p.m. on September 16, 2016, or they will not be counted.

Candidates for President

ken sanchez

To my fellow Union Brothers and Sisters,

My name is Ken Sanchez and I have been nominated again to be your Union President. I would like to take this opportunity to let you know about who I am and what I have accomplished for all of us while serving you as President these past 3 years.

I have been a dedicated and long-standing member of SETC-United. As President I believe I have worked hard for a positive change within our Union and also the CSU and UC systems. I have provided support and representation to our members across the state, from campus union meetings, Labor management meetings, Grievance Meetings, Skelly Reviews, and State Personnel Board Hearings. I have been successful at resolving these issues, with the majority of them in SETC's favor. In addition to this, I have worked successfully with your Executive Board, to finalize and payout those members that were affected by the layoffs, create and establish an apprenticeship program and positions at UC Irvine, decertified Local 501 at UCSB and brought them into our group, fought off a Teamster raid on our union, provided stewards training for both the CSU and UC stewards, and was part of negotiating a great contract for the CSU.

If re-elected, I will continue to bring fresh and forward thinking ideas, positive changes, and workable solutions by continuing to use an educated and collaborative approach. I will also continue to bring hard work, dedication, integrity, honesty, and accountability.

I still believe that it is a privilege to serve all of you, and I am counting on your vote to continue to do so. Thank you for your time and consideration.

With respect and solidarity,

Ken Sanchez

President SETC-United
Lead BSE
Cal State University Fullerton

Francisco Garcia

Dear SETC members,

I would like to briefly introduce myself to the general membership and to any future members of SETC. My name is Francisco Garcia, and I have been working for the university of Cal State LA a little over two years. I am a refrigeration mechanic and have been in this trade for over 20 years, and have been exposed to other trades for about the same amount of years. When I first hired on to the university, there was a lot of frustration and segragation between our trades. The members in our campus distant themselves from the union and did not really want to participate due to negative outcomes and experiences. I quickly began to see these negative connotations that our members had envision about SETC. The question of why? And who? Started to be brought up to the members in Cal State LA. After having one on one conversations with my fellow co workers and understanding the frustrations that were never resolved. I know this, I wanted to become a voice and let our members be heard.I wanted our members to become more involved as a whole and not individulas. To this date Cal State LA has accomplished to become a "whole", a united entity within our trades. The members in that campus start to share the same ideologies, of unity, honesty, integrity, and commitment. I hope all the members in the other 22 campuses want the same. We want a strong union, where our members are involved in every single decision that is made. I believe that the Campus of where I am is a true testament that members can unite and shops can work as one, so we can be one... the future elected board will have a huge challenge to overcome. Keep in mind that this obstacle can be tackled, these frustrations that we share can be resolved. It is time for our members to take action and make it happen. Let us be smart and think of the direction the members want to go. Let us give "chance" an oppurtunity to become a strong bonded family that can overcome any obstacle that is in our way. I hope the members of SETC consider my name during the voting process. It is my intention to work for the members and for the best interest of the members.

Very truly yours,

Francisco Garcia

323-833-3450

Candidates for Vice-President

Cal Mason

Hello CSU and UC Brothers and Sisters,

I would like to introduce myself, Cal Mason, as a candidate for the office of Vice-President for SETC-United. I have been an Electrician and Member for twenty years at San Diego State. I have served as Chief Steward for nine years, as well as Safety Steward at SDSU.

Although the turn-out was low for nominations, we have an opportunity to elect a strong Board. Help me support those Members willing to fight and represent SETC-United by please taking a few minutes and casting your vote. We must be prepared to fight and argue for all we deserve. It starts with this election.

Our current Board has carefully negotiated some very good CBA's for SETC and I thank them. It will take all of us and a strong Board to execute all of the key language. Our Administrators, both CSU and UC's are relentless and will almost always attempt to use it's language to make a one-sided argument in their favor. Together let's make SETC-United as strong as ever!

The last few years have been very tough on our Union, starting with some Board members who had personal hidden agendas, which unfortunately lead to a fall-out of many very good Brothers and Sisters at both UCLA and UCSD. With every disappointment there comes opportunity, let's build and strengthen that UC-CSU coalition we have talked about for years, NOW is the time!

We are a unique group and together, as State-wide Trades workers, we can be force. I am committed to making sure, we as an SETC Board, will be professional Stewards in everything we do. Oh yes, we too will have an agenda... that agenda will be to put egos aside, and conduct our business for the good of our Union. It starts with respect, we all demand it on our jobs... now it's time for us to show unity and demand it from all of our Administrators. It will take constant work from many of us, I for one am ready to roll up my sleeves, to work hard, sharing ideas with all our Members and our SETC-United Board. Now more than ever, this Board needs to represent all of you. You work hard and you and your families deserve it!

Let's not get distracted by talk of affiliation, but rather support the meaning of United-and I mean SETC-United! Focus on what makes our Union great and use it to our advantage equally through-out all of the Campuses and Universities.

Our future depends on a strong, well-organized, and cohesive Board. Through-out the State, we are seeing far too much Contracting of our work. Unbelievable, some of the contracting out is being done by our own Members, some who simply refuse to share any information of potential work requests with co-workers. I will fight with you and the Board to preserve any work requests that any of us want to do, in-house. It is our work, our right and more importantly, if we don't fight, will lead to our jobs being lost.

I won't pretend to have all the answers, but I will promise to commit the next three years to the office of Vice-Presidency. We must have strong decisive leadership, I believe these next three years are very important and are no joke. I commit to attending all meetings, Board, Membership, and any other, it's imperative to be prepared and represent. Serving SETC as a Steward is not part-time. I will be available anytime, anywhere. I look forward to all the challenges of the office. Let's together promote the "good of our Union" and use it to our advantage on each and every Campus!

Thank you for your time and consider Cal Mason for VP.

If you have any questions or comments, contact me via email, or call, text 619 922-6494

Sincerely,
Cal Mason

Marcell Bernal

Brothers and Sisters of the SETC:

As you are aware this is the year we have the opportunity to vote in a new E-Board to represent us and be our voice. This is your chance to do your part as an active member of the SETC United. I am encouraging all of you to please take the time and vote. For some of you this may well be your first union experience and you may have the uncertainty of your union, its function and how it works on behalf of the membership. It is my feeling membership participation is the highest importance because of my firm beliefs that "the members are the union."

I am a candidate for the Vice President seat and would like to take the time to let you all know my intentions if elected. I am a long time Union member and have a very good understanding of union policy and working within the MOU.

As your elected leader, I will be committed to bringing strong and effective union representation to your workplace. I will also be committed to extending myself beyond the scope of the union bargaining table and into our SETC community. I feel that representing you doesn't stop at the workplace, but reaches far beyond the workplace and into your family lives as well. I believe in the words "United we Stand" and encourage all members to actively participate in union matters. I believe that we can grow and move forward with the same intentions of our predecessors, to have better working conditions and wages. I will collaborate with the other Board Members to resolve issues and provide information to the membership. I have plans to create an open forum for discussions that will affect us all.

I am asking when you cast your vote to please consider me to represent you. Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Fraternally and Sincerely,

Marcell Bernal

Vice President Candidate

Candidates for CSU Board Members

Dennis Sotomayor

California State University,
Los Angeles
Candidate Statement for SETC-United Executive Board Nomination

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Thank you for choosing to Nominate Me as a possible candidate for the SETC Executive Board.

My Name is Dennis Sotomayor; I grew up in Pasadena California. I'm married with kids and have been a blue collar worker most of my life and have always been an advocate of collective barging even when not employed with Union affiliation. I have been fortunate to be mentored by people who took the time to take me under their wing and hone my skills in the trades, for those who don't know me I worked as a journey level locksmith for Bank of America for 15 yrs. prior to coming to Cal State System. Currently I am a Maintenance Mechanic with an auxiliary unit on my campus.

My motivation to be involved comes strongly from becoming a casualty of the 2009 layoffs and decisions made by the CSU administration. I would hope that by being more involved and informed I might be able to make a difference in the way decisions are made and advocate so that this may not happen to any other SETC Members. As a nominee I will put my best efforts forward to bridge the divide and work toward bringing a strong feeling of Union Brotherhood!

I am in no way stating that I know the path or have all the answers to the many question we have probably all asked ourselves, I give my word as a candidate that I will commit to work hard to have our voices heard, uphold the integrity of our contract, represent your concerns and say what I mean and mean what I say to represent our membership.

I would like to thank you for your time and attention to this very important election and don't forget to vote!

Sincerely,

Dennis Sotomayor

Doug Frame

Dear Fellow Brothers and Sisters:

First off, I would like to thank the members who have taken the time and effort to compile this E-mail list. I believe the free flow of accurate information in a timely manner is important to our membership.

My name is Doug Frame and I am running for CSU Executive Board Member. I am the BSE Supervisor at CSU Los Angeles, and have been an active SETC member for 15 years. My goals in the Executive Board are to ensure accountability, transparency, and to fight for fairness.

Thank you for your consideration.
Sincerely,

Doug Frame

Mike Nourian

My name is Mike Nourian I'm running for a board position, I am an active union member for a little over 13 years and have worked under Joe Mendoza who was a very active and very involved union board member who I got a lot of training and information from. I would greatly appreciate your vote and I will definitely do my best to keep this union running strong and proud. There is nothing wrong with getting along thank you for your time.

Have a wonderful day.

Mike Nourian

Ron Williams

Brothers and Sisters of SETC United,

My name is Ron Williams I am a 55+ year young Maintenance Mechanic at California State University San Marcos. I look forward to my next 10+ years in the CSU & SETC, Retirement is way down the road for me. I would appreciate the Opportunity to serve every Member of the State Employees Trades Council United for the next 3 years.

I have been employed at CSUSM for almost 12 years. I had the pleasure of serving as SETC Union Steward at CSUSM. Members that know me are aware that I am a person Integrity and will be the First to speak out when I am aware of Injustices being perpetrated on Members.

I am a Candidate for the CSU Executive Board Member seat. I hope to get your Support and Vote to secure a seat on the Board of SETC United.

The Goal of this Union is to represent our Members, help to attain a fair and equitable living wage, maintain affordable benefits and a safe working environment.

With the proper Structure and Involvement from Members and the incoming Board, we can all build upon the Great Accomplishments of SETC. Many Members have felt the lack of Transparency and lack of Communication; this has been a point of contention for many years.

My plan is to work with the Board Members to help utilize current technology to keep all Members informed and involved. I will help with updating the website, mass emailing systems, looking into social media and Apps to help provide multiple channels of contact.

The Future of our Union is in Your hands, Leadership will be displayed by the NEW Executive Board with your Support and Vote.

Thank You for your Consideration and the Opportunity to serve YOU and on the SETC United Executive Board.

In Solidarity,

Ron Williams

Maintenance Mechanic CSUSM
SETC United since 2004
rowillia@csusm.edu

Chris Sprofera

Good Day Brothers and Sisters,

I want to introduce myself again. My name is Chris Sprofera your past VP until the current BOD felt I was unfit for the position. The lack of communication and outrageous spending prompted me to question the true intent of the BOD. I was simply trying to bring the control of the union back to its Brothers and Sisters

Many members are concerned for their job security ability to provide for their families. We have seen the CSU & UC systems fail to acknowledge the importance of having qualified skilled trades on campus. More of our work is going out to contract at alarming rates while they fail to backfill vacant positions.

I have personally seen contract work increase from $3 million to over $14 million last year at SDSU. This trend does not appear to be stopping in CSU or the UC system in the UC you're limited to 50k because of the Stull Act regulating competitive bidding. These systems just invents new ways to contract work. Which now also crosses over to our maintenance due to increased failure rate of our resources.

As you might have on seen these large campus has suffered declines in SETC staffing 50% in place of JOC contracting. You may have notice most of the new Candidates are from the larger CSU campus where the fight to replace SETC staffing is at its pinnacle. Management refuses to staff to APPA standards or even bring on apprentices, however, they have no problem bringing in more contractors or consultants to do our work.

I was originally asked to join the Board Of Directors for my experience in dealing with other boards. My understanding of lobbying efforts was going to be utilized to help SETC. Due to some lack of direction this was never fully accomplished and I would like to have the opportunity to once again help in this area. to Lobby for a change in the Stull Act and wage structures compared to the department of industrial relations making sure these contractors are paying certified payroll

I'm committed to restoring the control of SETC United to you Brothers and Sisters by bringing more transparency better communication with you. Some of you might remember the days when the BOD actually came to your shop meeting asking your opinion. These are the efforts I want to restore to our members.

SETC united ballots are arriving at your homes this is your chance it make changes to you Union board.

I ask for your support to serve you again. Please consider supporting candidates that are willing on acknowledge the Members of SETC United. Together we can build and run this Union by its members

Fraternally

Chris Sprofera

San Diego State University
Building Systems Automation Electrician
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego Ca 92182-1401
619-306-1788

August 8, 2016

Notice of Contract Ratification

UCSB Brothers and Sisters:

SETC-United is very pleased to announce that it has reached a tentative agreement with the UCSB on the terms of a new contract! CLICK HERE to view the full text of all of the tentatively agreed upon articles. CLICK HERE to view a summary of changes in the contract. We are going to hold a meeting on campus at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 10 to vote on contract ratification. The campus has assured us that everyone will be provided with one hour of release time to attend the ratification meeting. The specific location of the meeting will be announced once it has been arranged.

Only persons in good standing as SETC-United members may cast ballots on contract ratification and only after their dues status is checked and a ballot is issued. For that purpose, we will use the last monthly dues report we received from the University. In accordance with state law, fair share fee payers do not get to vote. Only SETC-United members in good standing may attend the ratification meeting. Please arrive promptly. Time will be allowed for questions, comments, etc. after a presentation from members of the bargaining team.

July 18, 2016

SETC-United "Official Nominations" for Officers & Executive Board Verified by Judges

To:

  • All SETC-United Members - CSU & UC Campuses
  • All SETC-United Officers & Executive Board

From SETC Judges of Election:

  • Greg Starr, Chief Judge (Retiree, Stanislaus)
  • Joe Lopez, Judge of Election (CSU Stanislaus)
  • Manesh Chand, Judge of Election (UC Merced)

A "Special Nomination Meeting" was conducted at the Holiday Inn Express in Merced, California on Saturday, July 16, 2016 from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The special meeting was announced on or about June 10, 2016 and was posted on the SETC-United website. The above-named Judges of Election were duly appointed by the SETC-United Officers and conducted a proper SETC-United Nomination Meeting per the SETC-United Constitution & Bylaws. The following positions and nominees were made at the July 16, 2016 Nomination Meeting (in order of nomination):

SETC-United Officer Nominee(s):

  • President

(1) Ken Sanchez (Incumbent)
(2) Francisco Garcia

  • Vice President

(1) Cal Mason
(2) James Boothe
(3) Marcell Burnal

  • Recording Secretary

(1) Gary Kestel (Incumbent)

  • Secretary-Treasurer

(1) Drew Scott (Incumbent)

  • Business Manager

(1) Hector Fernandez

Executive Board Members: 6 Seats (CSU & UC):

  • 3 CSU seats (only 3 will be elected for CSU):

(1) Dennis Sotomayor
(2) Doug Frame
(3) Mike Nourian
(4) Ron Williams
(5) Chris Sprofera

  • 1 UC Merced seat

(1) Wayne Downing (Incumbent)

  • 1 UC Santa Barbara seat

(1) Andrew Taff (Incumbent)

  • 1 UC Irvine seat

(1) Brian Maloney (Incumbent)

After nominations were made from the floor, the Judges of Election interviewed each nominee as per the SETC-United Officer/Executive Board Questionnaire to determine whether they met the following requirements in accordance with the SETC-United Constitution & Bylaws:

  • Must be an SETC-UNITED dues paying member (not a fee payer) in good standing for at least one (1) year prior to nomination by another member in good standing;
  • Must be willing to commit to conduct the duties of the SETC-United Officer for a period of three (3) years: October 30, 2016 to October 31, 2019;
  • Must be willing to travel to monthly or bi-monthly SETC-United meetings and attend Executive Board and Quarterly General Membership meetings;
  • Must be willing to represent your campus and other SETC-United members in good faith to accomplish the goals and mission of SETC-United;
  • Must attend the SETC-United Nomination Meeting in Merced, California at the Holiday Inn Express on Saturday, July 16, 2016, and "accept" the nomination in person and file nomination papers;
  • Must be able to read, write, be computer literate and express yourself in English to accomplish the goals of SETC-United.

After the interviews of all candidates for office; review of dues records for all nominees; written & oral statements to the Judges about the requirements for each office, the Judges of Election have determined that all nominees met the qualifications for office. Therefore, under the authority of the SETC-United Constitution & Bylaws and the authorized SETC-United Officers, the undersigned hereby verify and certify that all nominees are deemed "qualified" for office and will be placed on the ballot for SETC-United members to vote in September-October 2016. The details about the ballots will be provided in a separate Judges Bulletin which will be posted.

For more information, please call the following Judges of Election:

Greg Starr

SETC-United Chief Judge of Election (Retiree, Stanislaus)

(209) 485-1596
Email: g.starr2@sbcglobal.net

Joe Lopez

SETC-United Judge of Election (CSU Stanislaus)

(408) 750-7832
Email: jlopez@csustan.edu

Manesh Chand

SETC-United Judge of Election (UC Merced)

(209) 604-4018
Email: mchand@ucmerced.edu

June 10, 2016

NOTICE TO ALL SETC-UNITED MEMBERS OF SPECIAL NOMINATION MEETING (ALL CSU AND UC CAMPUSES)

Pursuant to the State Employees Trades Council-United Constitution and Bylaws, the terms of the SETC-United Officers and Board Members will expire at the end of October 2016. SETC-United announces the Nomination Meeting for the nominations of new or existing board members to be held as follows:

Date: Saturday, July 16, 2016
Time: 2:00pm
Place: Holiday Inn Express-Merced, 151 S. Parsons Ave., Merced, CA 95341
(Check meeting directory upon arrival for meeting room.)

All positions are open for a three-year term. Members wishing to hold a seat on the SETC-United Executive Board must be nominated by another member in good standing at this meeting to be included on the ballot. The seats consist of:

  • President
  • Vice-President
  • Recording Secretary
  • Secretary/Treasurer
  • Business Manager
  • Board Member (3 seats, CSU members only)
  • Board Member (1 seat, UC Merced member only)
  • Board Member (1 seat, UCI member only)
  • Board Member (1 seat, UCSB member only)

Minimum requirements to hold SETC-United office are as follows:

  • Must be an SETC-United dues paying member (not a "fee-payer") in good standing for at least one (1) year prior to nomination by another member in good standing;
  • Must be willing to commit to conduct the duties of the SETC-United Officer for a period of three (3) years, November 2016 through October 2019;
  • Must be willing to travel to monthly or bi-monthly SETC-United Executive Board meetings at various locations around the state, including attending the SETC-United Quarterly General Membership meetings;
  • Must be willing to represent your campus and other SETC-United members in good faith to accomplish the goals and mission of SETC-United;
  • Must attend the Nomination Meeting in Merced, CA, at the Holiday Inn Express-Merced on Saturday, July 16, 2016, "accept" the nomination in person and file nomination papers;
  • Must be able to read, write, be computer literate and express yourself in English to accomplish the goals of SETC-United.

Click here to view the SETCU 2016 Elections Nominations Notice

April 27, 2016

REPORT ON FACULTY NEGOTIATIONS AND IMPLEMENTATION OF SETC'S "ME-TOO" CLAUSE:

CSU Brothers and Sisters:

SETC has now met with CSU twice since their Faculty contract settlement was announced and received a proposal from them on how to implement the "me-too" clause of our contract if the Faculty's tentative agreement is ratified in May. The CSU's proposal is better than some of you may think. While the Board has not yet accepted the CSU's offer and still is considering its options, we want you to know what the offer is and is not.

As you know, SETC's contract calls for a 2% increase in the current fiscal year (2015-2016, ending this coming June 30), then another 2% starting July 1, 2016. The Faculty's tentative agreement calls for a 5% increase this coming June 30, at 11:59 PM then another 2% increase the next day, July 1. Making the 5% effective at 11:59 PM on the last minute of the last day of the current fiscal year and then limiting the 2016-2017 increase to 2%, looks like a deliberate attempt to avoid the "me-too" clause of our contract. The "me-too" clause, (Art. 24.4(e)), requires the CSU to make up any difference between our two 2% increases and what the University estimates is the actual cost of a faculty increases in 2015-2016 and/or 2016-2017. So, initially we feared that the CSU was going to say we get nothing more under our "me-too" because the faculty's 5% June 30 increase actually costs them nothing in the 2015-2016 fiscal year. It only kicks in at the last possible minute and they won't even make a payroll adjustment for one minute in time. Had this been the University position, or if they revert to this position as our discussions with the University continue, we will fight like hell. Even if that 5% does not count in 2015-2016, it surely counts in 2016-2017, when the faculty will receive a 7% salary increase.

Fortunately, CSU offers to increase our scheduled July 1, 2016 increase from 2% to 3%, and then give us another 2% on June 30, 2017. So, the CSU offer to SETC is for a 5% increase in 2016-2017, not the 2% we negotiated. Again, it would be 3% not 2% this coming July 1, then another 2% on June 30, 2017, the last day of the two-year "me-too" period, which = 5%. That 5% plus the 2% we received for 2015-2016, equals a 7% increase over two years. That is what the faculty are receiving over these two years. Bottom line: If we accept this offer, you will earn as much as a faculty member over these two fiscal years who started out with your same base hourly rate or annual salary. Here is a chart showing exactly how this would play out for an employee in both units making the same base salary:

IMPACTS ON INDIVIDUALS IN EACH BARGAINING UNIT, BASED ON A $50,000 ANNUAL SALARY

  • June 30, 2015
  • July 1, 2015
  • June 30, 2016
  • July 1, 2016
  • Salary as of June 30, 2017
  • Total Earnings:
  • Faculty
  • $50,000
  • $50,000
    (no wage increase)
  • $52,500
    (5% increase June 30)
  • $53,550
    (addtional 2% increase July 1)
  • $53,550
  • $103,550
    ($50,000 + $53,550 = $103,550)
  • SETC
  • $50,000
  • $51,000
    (2% wage increase)
  • $51,000
    (no increase)
  • $52,530
    (3% increase)
  • $53,580
    (2% increase)
  • $103,530
    ($51k + $52,530 = $103,530)

Now, it is true that for the 2016-2017 fiscal year, which starts this coming July 1, under this offer you will make about 2% less than a faculty member who started the two years making the same as you. The reason the CSU is offering less for us for 2016-2017 is that we received a 2% increase in 2015-2016 the faculty did not, and the CSU would not make the faculty increase retroactive to last July, as they agreed to do for SETC. So, the only way to equalize the earnings between these two bargaining units over this two-year period was to hold back the final 2% piece of our 7% increase until the end of the 2016-2017 year, whereas the faculty are getting all of their 7% increase, starting this coming July 1. But the important point is that as of June 30, two persons earning the same salaries at the start of these two contract years will end up not only with the same total earnings over these two years, but they also will be making the same wages/salaries going forward into 2017-2018.

Despite all this, the Board has not made a final decision on whether to accept this offer. We're still considering our legal options and whether we would succeed in an arbitration seeking additional increases. To be sure, there are some very credible arguments for why more is due in 2016-2017 under our Agreement than what they have offered. On the other hand, CSU has threatened that if we reject their offer and go to arbitration, they'll not increase our wages in 2017 beyond the 2% we negotiated. This raises the stakes on rejecting the offer. And there are additional considerations, including consideration of the cost and length of time it takes to arbitrate a dispute like this, (one to two years), and perhaps most importantly, how all of this is likely to affect our wage re-opener negotiations in 2017-2018 --something which needs to begin fairly soon-- and our continuing efforts to fix other things with the University.

The bottom line is the Board as always, is very interested in what the members think about these options. Feel free to weigh in with your assigned Board member or to any of the officers directly.

Carl Kimberlin

Business Manager and for the Executive Board's CSU Board member caucus.

April 8, 2016

CFA Tentative Agreement

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

The CSU bargaining team has received many phone calls and text messages regarding CFA reaching a tentative agreement.

Please know that we are fully aware of the 5% salary increase for CFA effective 6-30-16. However, it is premature at this time to determine the implementation of the "me too" clause in our MOU, article 24.4(e) until CFA has ratified their tentative agreement and the Board of Trustees has approved it.

We have quoted in part CSUEU's notice to their members in the following paragraph for further clarification:

"Implementation of this so-called "me-too" or "fairness" clause will not begin until after CFA and CSU have ratified their tentative agreement, which will take place no sooner than late May. In the meantime, we're investigating details of the CFA/CSU TA, including how the "me-too" clause should be implemented across our bargaining units. At this point, we have only seen general summaries of the agreement. We will keep members informed on developments in the coming days."

Carl Kimberlin

Business Manager

February 2, 2016

2016/2019 SETCU-CSU Collective Bargaining Agreement

Dear CSU Brothers and Sisters:

The CSU Board of Trustees has approved the SETCU-CSU 2016/2019 new Collective Bargaining Agreement for Unit 6 Skilled Crafts at its meeting on January 26, 2016.
A 2% salary increase for all Unit 6 members retroactive to July 1, 2015 will now be implemented.
All Unit 6 salary range minimums and maximums for all classifications shall be increased by 2%.
Please note that it could take several months for the above to get processed through the State Controller's Office.

Carl Kimberlin

Business Manager

January 22, 2016

SETCU/CSU CONTRACT HAS BEEN RATIFIED!

Dear CSU Brothers and Sisters:

I am pleased to announce that the members ratified a tentative agreement between SETCU, Unit 6 Skilled Crafts, and the CSU by a majority vote. Of the members that voted, the vote was 495 in favor of ratification and 206 opposed. (CLICK HERE TO VIEW RESULTS BY CAMPUS.)

I'd like to thank our Chief Negotiator, Matt Ross, for doing an outstanding job for us, including the negotiating team.

We were able to accomplish this ratification effort within 8 days thanks to our stewards who did a great job of coordinating the ratification meetings on the CSU campuses. A special thanks goes to Gary Kestel, Drew Scott, James Boothe, Ken Sanchez and Dave Hagstrom for travelling many miles to conduct these ratification meetings.

For the members who voted on your contract, thank you for participating and advocating for your right as a member to have a voice.

The final stage is the tentative agreement will go before the next CSU Board of Trustees on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, for a vote. Once the BOT ratifies the contract (assuming they will) we will immediately conduct final proofing, post the contract and print for distribution to the campuses.

In Solidarity,

Carl Kimberlin

Business Manager

January 15, 2016

Letter of Confidence

Hi All,

I really hate to reply to all of you and give you my opinion, but you know what they say about opinions so here goes. If the Teamsters are the next best thing to sliced bread, then in the near future UCLA will have the best contract we've ever read and their salaries will eclipse ours in a year or two. The words I'd like you to focus on is "in the near future". Those at UCLA who were behind the decertification of SETC have a vested interest in painting the rosiest picture of their new union representative. This is no different than that new wife or car that seems so great when you first get it. Brothers, to those of you on the CSU side that want to join those at UCLA and teach SETC a lesson I ask; what's your rush?

We have nothing to lose if we wait. If the Teamsters actually come through on their promises to our lost brothers at UCLA, then God bless them. If in the next year or two SETC finds it impossible to change our bylaws and become responsive to the membership than, if the Teamsters are the answers to all prayers, I would reconsider decertification myself. But now is not the time, with a UCLA contract not even written, and having the UCLA skilled trades workers being represented by the Teamsters for such an incredibly short period, to say with any degree of certainty that the Teamsters will represent the CSU better than SETC has done is nothing more than a leap of faith.

I hope some of you have had a chance to read the Teamsters Penn State and University of Maine contracts I sent to a small group of you. To those of you who haven't read the contracts negotiated by the Teamsters at these campuses you should take the time to look them up and see for yourself how vague the references are to employees who do skilled trades work. You would realize that the Teamsters are new to the sole representation of skilled trades' workers. I for one think it prudent to let UCLA be the guinea pig.

I have said this during the meeting we had with Teamster and SETC representatives this week; "we are a democratic organization". We will have the opportunity in the near future to vote out those that some deem unfit for office. With the voting block of UCLA no longer there, we may get board members in place that the majority of us can have faith in. This is not time for reactionaries. To decertify means starting from scratch and renegotiating every article.

It's also a time to be introspective. Did you vote in the last union election? How many general membership meetings did you attend? Were you willing to file a grievance when you felt the contact was being violated? Knowing that the CSU is funded through the state legislature, did you vote for state representatives that put a priority on publicly funded institutions of higher learning and the public employees that work for them? I hope so, this is where the raises you think you deserve come from.

Well it's late; I really have the deepest respect for all of you and hope to hash this out when Jake gets a date for a meeting on campus.

Thanks,

Dan Hayden

Chico State

January 12, 2016

Vote "YES" to Ratify the Contract

Dear CSU Members:

Please, Click here to read the latest contract highlights.

January 12, 2016

REVISED Contract Ratification Schedule:

Dear CSU Members:

Due to some last minute changes, the new contract ratification schedule is as follows:

  • Date
  • Campus
  • Approx. Time
  • 1/13/16
  • San Jose
  • 9:00am
  • 1/13/16
  • Fresno
  • 9:00am
  • 1/13/16
  • Dominguez Hills
  • 9:00am-10:30am
  • 1/13/16
  • Chancellor's Office
  • 12:00pm-1:00pm
  • 1/14/16
  • Monterey Bay
  • 9:00am-11:00am
  • 1/14/16
  • East Bay
  • 1:30pm-2:30pm
  • 1/14/16
  • Northridge
  • 9:00am-10:30am
  • 1/14/16
  • Long Beach
  • 11:30am-1:00pm
  • 1/14/16
  • San Francisco
  • 9:00am-11:00am
  • 1/14/16
  • Sonoma
  • 1:00pm-2:30pm
  • 1/15/16
  • Humboldt
  • 9:00am-10:30am
  • 1/15/16
  • San Luis Obispo
  • 9:00am-1:30pm
  • 1/15/16
  • Fullerton
  • 9:00am-10:30am
  • 1/15/16
  • Pomona
  • 11:30am-1:00pm
  • 1/19/16
  • Channel Islands
  • 9:00am-11:00am
  • 1/19/16
  • Bakersfield
  • 1:00pm-2:30pm
  • 1/19/16
  • Chico
  • 9:00am-11:00am
  • 1/19/16
  • Sacramento
  • 1:00pm-2:30pm
  • 1/20/16
  • Stanislaus
  • 12:00pm-1:30pm
  • 1/20/16
  • San Bernardino
  • 9:00am-10:30am
  • 1/20/16
  • Los Angeles
  • 12:00pm-1:30pm
  • 1/21/16
  • San Marcos
  • 9:30am-11:00am
  • 1/21/16
  • San Diego
  • 12:00pm-1:30pm
Carl Kimberlin

Business Manager

January 9, 2016

Notice of Contract Ratification Meeting:

Dear CSU Brothers and Sisters:

SETC-United is very pleased to announce that it has reached a tentative agreement with the CSU on the terms of a new contract! The full text of all of the tentatively agreed to articles are enclosed. (Click here to view). Click here to view a summary of the changes (REVISED 1/12/16) in the contract. Here is the procedure we are going to follow for contract ratification:

Pursuant to SETC's Bylaws, the contract will be ratified or not, at membership meetings conducted at each CSU campus or work location, (possibly consolidating the Chancellor's office with CSU Long Beach). The vote will be pooled voting. We will make arrangements with the appropriate Directors, HR folks, etc., at your campus to provide you with release time to attend these ratification meetings. Attendance at the membership meeting is required to vote! Votes will be cast by secret ballot and they will be counted in the presence of all who wish to watch the count, before we leave a campus.

Only persons in good standing as full SETC members may cast ballots on contract ratification and only after their dues status is checked and a ballot is issued. To be "in good standing," your dues must have been paid in full through the month of December. For that purpose, we will use the last monthly dues report we receive on dues payers from the University, (actually from the State Controller's Office). Note: In accordance with state law, Fair Share fee payers do not get to vote. Only SETC members in good standing may attend these meetings. Arrive promptly, time will be allowed for questions, comments, etc., after presentations from members of the bargaining team

November 19, 2015

CSU-SETCU Contract Negotiations Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Please Click Here to view a PDF of the latest update on CSU-SETCU contract negotiations.

November 12, 2015

PERB Ruling on Protected Activity-CSUSB

Please see enclosed PERB decision ruling in favor of SETCU.

Carl Kimberlin

Business Manager

November 9, 2015

CSU Monterey Bay Arbitration Victory

See enclosed award.

Carl Kimberlin

Business Manager

September 29, 2015

IN MEMORY OF JOHN PANASUK

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

It is with a sad heart that I bring to you the news that John Panasuk has passed. John worked in Student Housing at CSU Northridge as a Maintenance Mechanic for 18 years.
Click here to view his John Panasuk's obituary.

Carl Kimberlin

Business Manager

September 21, 2015

UCI-SETCU Contract Ratification

Dear UCI-SETC Members,

With 107 votes received by the end of voting today at noon, it is my pleasure to announce that UCI-SETCU members overwhelmingly voted yes for this contract. Final tally was 100 yes and only 7 no.

Thank you for voting and thank you for your patience. I know that you have waited since July of 2014 to see new pay raises and better protections in our contract. For that, I want to personally apologize that it took this long but there is a reason that it did. And that reason is, a great contract takes time to craft. We have a five-year contract with the average wage increase percentage of 5% per year. Some of our lowest paid members will see their wages increase by more than 30% over the life of the contract. Not only will we get all of our current members to a single trade rate but this will be guaranteed in the future by the elimination of steps. Outside of the obvious economics in our contract, we have fought to strengthen our sick leave policy, get comp time for the medical center, limited the ability of management to work you out of class, and expanded the boot allowance to multiple pairs instead of just one. We have enhanced our union ability to represent by fighting for more release time and the allowance of more stewards at labor meetings with management.

To be candid, I could go on and on about our achievements, however, the bottom line is, we are much better off today than we were yesterday. Again, this could not have been done without all of the great work done by our bargaining team, the support from our executive board, and most importantly, you, the dues paying member for entrusting us to represent you!

Sincerely,

Brian Maloney

UCI Chief Steward
SETCU Executive Board Member

September 19, 2015

CSU-SETCU Contract Negotiations Update

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Please click here to view a PDF of the latest update on CSU-SETCU contract negotiations.

Carl Kimberlin

Business Manager

September 18, 2015

UC Merced Electrician II Job Posting

Click here to view the details.

Thank you,

Jeff Slayter

UC Merced Chief Steward

September 16, 2015

UCI Ratification Vote on 9/18/15

UCI-SETC Members,

We have received management's final counter to our contract demands. We feel that this is sufficient enough to bring to you for a ratification vote this Friday, September 18th.

We will have the ratification voting at the UCI Medical Center this Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. in Building 20, then on the same date at the UCI main campus we will have the ratification voting at Schneiderman Lecture Hall room 200 from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m.

For anyone who cannot attend these ratification voting times, beginning Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015 at noon, we will have a survey style voting mechanism in place on survey monkey to collect the votes. This will be emailed to everyone at that time.

Click here for a link to the survey.

Thank you,

Brian Maloney

UCI Chief Steward/Bargaining Team Member/
SETCU Executive Board Member

September 10, 2015

IN MEMORY OF STEVE MURRAY

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

It is with a sad heart that I bring to you the news that Steve Murray has passed. Steve Murray worked at UC Santa Barbara as a Carpenter since 2000. Steve was instrumental in the decertification of 501 earlier this year. Steve's contributions to this union will not be forgotten.

Carl Kimberlin
Business Manager

August 19, 2015

2015 Scholarship Recipients

The deadline for submitting a scholarship application for 2015 closed on June 30, 2015. We'd like to thank you all for submitting your scholarship application essays.

The following scholarship applicants will receive $500 (checks will be mailed out beginning August 20, 2015) from the SETC-United John R. Connor Memorial Scholarship Fund for 2015.

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
  • Jocelyn Alvarado
  • San Francisco
  • Erin Bola
  • UC Irvine
  • Emily Bolka
  • Pomona
  • Brittany Butler
  • Los Angeles
  • Ashley Candia
  • UC Irvine
  • Jonathon Chan
  • San Francisco
  • Jennifer Crane
  • Chico
  • Haylee Curtis
  • Fresno
  • Adam Depetris
  • UC Irvine
  • Denise Diaz
  • UC Los Angeles
  • Sonja Downing
  • UC Merced
  • Gina Drutz
  • UC Los Angeles
  • Dafronjise Ellington
  • UC San Diego
  • Briana Elliott
  • UC San Diego
  • Monica Fernandez
  • San Diego
  • Erik Fredrickson
  • San Diego
  • Dallas Gray
  • Northridge
  • James Griggs
  • Humboldt
  • Angie Hernandez
  • UC San Diego
  • Joseph Huitron
  • UC Los Angeles
  • Mila Koseva
  • UC Irvine
  • Jennifer Ledesma
  • UC Irvine
  • Ravin Marmolejo
  • Long Beach
  • Matt Mason
  • Sacramento
  • Brianna Matias
  • UC San Diego
  • Nicole McEvilly
  • UC Irvine
  • Juan Pulido
  • Stanislaus
  • Justin Randall
  • UC Irvine
  • Anissa Rivera
  • Fullerton
  • Tanner Salvador
  • Long Beach
  • Tracey Schultz
  • Northridge
  • Lainey Slayter
  • UC Merced
  • Hannah Stockler
  • Dominguez Hills
  • Charles Tobin
  • Northridge
  • Tino Todorovic
  • UC San Diego
  • Stephen Watson
  • San Francisco
  • Brennan Whitacre
  • SLO

August 10, 2015

Job Openings at UCSD

Resumes are being accepted for the following Employment opportunities at Resource Management & Planning. For more details about these positions and application procedures, please visit campus human resources website at: http://jobs.ucsd.edu

Number 77732 Carpenter, Facilities Management
Click here for more info
Payroll Title: CARPENTER
Department: Facilities Management
Hiring Salary Range: $30.55 hour = $63,788.40 annual
Filing deadline 8/26/2015

Number 77600 Facilities System Operator at Thorton Med Center
Filing deadline 8/18/2015

Number 77704 Plumber Facilities Management.
Filing deadline 8/21/2015

Number 77575 Meter Electrician Facilities Management.
Filing deadline 8/14/2015

More info on jobs can be found on Blink UCSD-- Job Bulletin.

Dave Rogers
UCSD Steward

May 13, 2015

Welcome K8 Skilled Crafts Workers!

University of California, Santa Barbara votes for SETC-United representation.

The skilled crafts workers at UC Santa Barbara have voted to decertify Operating Engineers Local 501 as their exclusive representative. The skilled crafts workers on the UCSB campus began a grass root campaign almost a year ago after dissatisfaction with their representation they had received by Local 501.

Votes were cast and tallied at the PERB Office in Oakland on September 19, 2014.

Local 501 has declined to appeal from the initial decision of the PERB board in favor of SETC-United.

SETC-United will hold its first meeting with the K8 Skilled Craft Workers on Friday, May 15, 2015 in the Facilities Training Center during the lunch hour, noon to 1 p.m.

We will also have our attorney present to explain next steps in transitioning union representation to SETCU.

This will be the fifth University of California campus to be represented by SETC-United. More information will be posted as it becomes available.

Carl Kimberlin
Business Manager

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

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