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University of California, Public Notice Process Under HEERA (UC-K5 Riverside Skilled Craft IUOE, Local 501)

Friday, August 29, 2014

The Higher Education Employer–Employee Relations Act, which governs collective bargaining of higher education employers in the state of California, requires that the University as the employer provide notice to the public before it begins negotiations with an exclusive representative.

The University will convene initial public notice meetings on Thursday, September 4, 2014, from 2–4 p.m. and on Thursday, September 18, 2014, from 2–4 p.m. Both will be held in the HR Conference Room, located at 1160 University Avenue, Riverside, CA 92521.

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Public Notice

UC Initial Proposal

K5 Riverside Skilled Craft IUOE, Local 501 Initial Proposal

Employee and Labor Relations – Name and Staff Changes

The Office of Labor Relations has recently assumed responsibility for all staff employee relations activities and is now called the Employee and Labor Relations (ELR) Department. Staff of the ELR Department provide consultation and advice to managers, supervisors, and represented and nonrepresented employees in developing and implementing solutions to organizational needs, including:

  • Conflict management
  • Performance management/counseling
  • Corrective actions
  • Separation actions – including dismissals, releases during probation, layoffs, and separations of employees for medical reasons
  • Administration and interpretation of collective bargaining agreements and relevant personnel policies
  • Representing management in employee disputes/grievance proceedings
  • Mediating/negotiating resolution of complaints with employees and their representatives, where applicable
  • Providing supervisory/leadership training and development
  • Administering the unemployment insurance program
  • Responding to union information requests

ELR recently added Alex Najera to our staff. He will provide ELR support to the campus' non-academic organizational units and can be reached at x2-4721.

Bargaining Bulletin: UC Reaches Agreement with UAW Academic Student Employees Unit

On June 3, 2014, after many months of negotiations, representatives of UC and UAW came to a tentative agreement on a successor contract covering Academic Student Employees (BX) staff. The bargaining unit members ratified the agreement on June 21, 2014.

The multi-year agreement for this bargaining unit will be posted to the HR website as soon as it has been finalized by the parties. HR conducted training for those responsible for administering the contract. Questions about new provisions should be directed to Jake Hurley at x2-2847

Bargaining Bulleting: UC Reaches Agreement with UC-AFT (Non-Senate Faculty) on Retiree Healthcare Reopener

On June 23, 2014, representatives of UC and UC-AFT came to a tentative agreement on reopener negotiations regarding retiree healthcare covering Non Senate Faculty (IX) staff. The bargaining unit members ratified the agreement on July 18, 2014.

Under the agreement lecturers who were members of the bargaining unit before July 1, 2013 will follow the same eligibility rules for retiree healthcare as their non-represented colleagues hired before that date. Those joining or rejoining the bargaining unit on or after July 1, 2013, will follow a modified set of eligibility rules. Questions about this agreement should be directed to Jake Hurley at x2-2847

Staff Education and Development is now accepting applications for the 2014-15 Building Core Supervisory Competencies Program!

The program is specifically designed for employees with one to two years of supervisory experience who want to develop a broad range of skills that can enhance their performance in carrying out supervisory duties. The program focuses on critical competencies such as communications, human resources management, risk management, and a comprehensive offering of electives which provide instruction in other management areas. For more program details, including program cost and application, please visit our Certificate Programs page.

UC Simplifies Retiree Health Benefits Rules

To simplify administration and respond to employee concerns, UC is changing the eligibility rules for retiree health benefits. Policy-covered employees eligible for UCRP on June 30, 2013, will be subject to the eligibility rules that were in place as of that date. This means that those employees who previously had been moved to the new 2013 eligibility rules because they were not vested in UCRP on June 30, 2013 or because their age plus years of UCRP service was less than 50 at that time will no longer be subject to the eligibility rules that went into effect on July 1, 2013.

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Pre-Retirement Counseling and Financial Planning

Theron Lyon, CFP, has temporarily returned to the Human Resources Division to provide consultation to faculty and staff. Theron retired in 2013 and was formerly the UC Riverside Benefits Manager/Financial Planner.  He has over 26 years of experience with the UC Retirement Plan and UC Retirement Savings Program. Theron will be available to those faculty and staff interested in receiving individual pre-retirement counseling and financial planning. Please contact him at or extension 2-5084 to schedule an appointment.

Retirement services including estimates, retirement profiles, and elections will continue to be processed through UC’s Retirement Administration Service Center (RASC) in Oakland. Please contact them at (800) 888-8267 Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. or through the online service form.

News Archive

Name Title Telephone E-Mail

Jadie Lee

Associate Vice Chancellor (951)

Felecia Wilson

Executive Specialist (951)


Heidie Rhodes Benefits Manager (951)
Veronica Luna Health Care Facilitator (951)
Alisha French Senior HR Program Analyst (951) 827-1434

Compensation & Classification

Linda Gaddie Compensation Manager (951) 827-2464
Scott Biggerstaff Total Compensation Analyst (951)

Jennifer Poliakon Total Compensation Analyst (951)

Chrystelle Zimmerman Career Tracks Project Manager (951) 827-5086

Disability Management

Marsha Marion Disability Management Coordinator (951)

Employee & Labor Relations

Elizabeth Sanchez Employee & Labor Relations Director (951)
Jake Hurley Pr. Employee & Labor Relations Analyst (951) 827-2847
Alex Najera

Pr. Employee & Labor Relations Analyst

(951) 827-4721
Paul Wood

Employee & Labor Relations Specialist

(951) 827-5092
Mariela Roberts Employee & Labor Relations Assistant (951)

Policy, Programs & Projects

Heidie Rhodes Policy, Programs & Projects Manager (951)

Staff Development

Seana Nunez-Grider

Sr. Staff Development Analyst (951)

Lauren Cummings

UC Learning Center Administrator (951)

Kimberly Grossmann

Human Resources Assistant (951)

Staff Employment

Lorena Velasquez Staff Employment  Manager (951)
Emma Geach Sr. Employment Analyst (951)
Kai Buckner Sr. Employment Analyst (951)
Stephanie Davis Sr. Recruitment Analyst (951) 827-3145


Julie Chobdee Wellness Program Coordinator (951)


Heidie Rhodes Policy, Programs & Projects Manager (951)

Workers' Compensation

Nini Furst Workers' Compensation Analyst (951)

Workplace Health & Wellness

Marsha Marion

Workplace Health & Wellness Manager

Julie Chobdee Wellness Program Coordinator (951)
Nini Furst Workers' Compensation Analyst (951)
Kathy Mosley Workplace Health & Wellness Assistant (951) 827-2336



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