New & Noteworthy

June 21, 2017

SETC Affiliation Notice

Brothers and Sisters,

Scholarship applications are now being accepted. Click here to download the application.

In Solidarity,

Your Executive Board

June 21, 2017

SETC Affiliation Notice

Brothers and Sisters,

Over the past two days the Board members have been out at the campuses talking to members about Teamster affiliation. The message we are getting loud and clear from the members is that there is strong interest in affiliating with the Teamsters, but that members feel rushed to vote on an extremely important issue, with limited time to review information, ask questions, and make a well-considered decision. Numerous members have asked for the vote to be delayed so that all questions can be answered, and so we can make the best decision for our Union, our families, and our future.

The members have spoken, and we listened. Last night, the Board voted to postpone the vote on the affiliation with the Teamsters for a month or two, so we can spend that time meeting with the members, providing all of the information and details regarding the proposed affiliation, and answer every question before we vote.

Before proposing to affiliate with the Teamsters, the Board spent several months on due diligence, reviewing SETC structure, member concerns for independence, interviewing several potential Union affiliates, reviewing and negotiating proposals, and vetting them with legal counsel. At the end of the process we recommended the affiliation with the Teamsters because of the power and resources they offer, and because their proposal best meets our needs. We moved the vote forward quickly because we hoped to bring Teamster resources and power to bear in our CSU reopener negotiations, which are already underway. But in doing so, we failed to consider that, like the Board, our members need enough time to understand and consider all the facts. The vote on the first two days was split evenly between yes and no, but the members were near unanimous in saying that we need more time and that the vote should be delayed.

We will announce a new voting schedule shortly. In the meantime, all of the scheduled meetings will go forward, with Board members and Teamster representatives available to explain all of the facts and answer every question. Over the next weeks we will be on every campus to make sure that the members have all of the facts before you vote. There is also complete information on the affiliation on the SETC website, and you can feel free to call or email your Board members, or Teamster representatives, with any and all questions. We want the members to have all the facts and make the best-informed decision possible, on this important issue affecting our families and our future.

In Solidarity,

Your Executive Board

June 19, 2017

Comparison Chart

Brothers and Sisters,

Click here to view an Affiliation Comparison Chart PDF.

In Solidarity,

Your SETC Board

June 15, 2017

Election Instructions/Affiliation FAQs

Brothers and Sisters,

The links below provide Election and Voting Instructions as well as Teamster Affiliation FAQs

In Solidarity,

Your SETC Board

June 13, 2017

SETC Affiliation Information Review

Brothers and Sisters,

Please review the following information in regard affiliation with Teamsters 2010. If you have questions reach out to your board members.

Click below to view pdfs of the Affiliation Information,

In Solidarity,

Your SETC Board

June 8, 2017

SETC Affiliation Update

Brothers and Sisters,

Your current SETC Board has been reviewing options in regard to affiliation for SETC. After careful review of SETC we have decided to bring forth the following option for members to vote upon:

SETC will inform and present the opportunity to vote for an affiliation with Teamsters 2010.

We have reviewed options from 3 Unions (ASCFME, CSUEU, Teamsters) on the structure and design of an affiliation with each. While we appreciate each Union and the ability to review the benefits and downfalls of each, we have come to the decision for a few reasons.

  1. SETC represents about 1350 members in the University of California and California State University systems. We have to consider all members when making a decision that can have effects on SETC members.
  2. We face raids on the UC system from 501 and will continue to face battles during any opportunity.
  3. The CSU is facing battles on PEPRA, healthcare, and benefits packages, as we continue into negotiations on wages and benefits for all CSU members.
  4. The board is looking at how to make changes that will produce immediate and long-term results.
  5. The main focus during this change was to keep your board intact in perpetuity. Increase representation for all members on each campus. Ensure that we will continue to be represented by skilled trades members with the support of experienced labor representatives.

While we understand this is a hard decision, your board has faced the challenge of looking at SETC and how to keep our members first. Change is not easy, but necessary when you face decisions to better your position in life. We hope the membership will review all the soon to come relevant information with an open mind to make the best decision for the future of SETC.

Your SETC Board

Campus Voting Dates

Campus Date
CSU Humboldt June 19
CSU Sonoma June 19
CSU Sacramento June 20
CSU Chico June 20
CSU Bakersfield June 20
CSU East Bay June 21
CSU Monterey Bay June 21
CSU Stanislaus June 21
CSU Fresno June 22
CSU San Jose June 28
UCM June 22
CSU San Francisco June 23
CSU San Diego June 26
CSU Northridge June 26
CSU SLO June 26
CSU San Marcos June 27
CSU San Bernardino June 27
UCSB June 27
CSU Fullerton June 28
CSU Channel Island June 28
CSU Long Beach June 29
CSU Los Angeles June 29
CSU Pomona June 29
UCI June 30
CSU Dominguez Hills June 30

June 6, 2017

Could Affiliation be a Benefit to SETC-United?

Brothers and Sisters,

We would appreciate everyone taking the time to review the following survey counts in regard to exploring affiliation. Many of the members are interested in an affiliation with a Union that would be capable of offering increased services and political and lobbying efforts. We are going to proceed with exploring options to bring forth to the members. Our focus will be based around maintaining the structure that was discussed during the campus meetings. This provides the best opportunity to increase professional assistance, while continuing to have members involved in representation.

Please be on the lookout for more information as this process moves forward. If anyone has questions please feel free to contact your board.

Affiliation Vote Counts

Campus Yes Vote No Vote Abstain Members Sign in to Count
CSU Bakersfield 7 1 1 9
CSU Channel Islands 20 0 0 ?
CSU Chico State 42 1 0 ?
CSU Dominguez Hills 17 5 1 23
CSU East Bay 4 8 4 ?
CSU Fresno 1 34 1 36
CSU Fullerton 28 2 0 32
CSU Humboldt 13 12 0 ?
CSU Long Beach 15 9 0 ?
CSU Los Angeles 15 5 0 ?
CSU Monterey Bay 6 0 0 6
CSU Northridge 49 0 0 49
CSU Pomona 13 6 0 19
CSU Sacramento 8 2 0 ?
CSU San Bernardino 12 0 0 18
CSU San Diego 40 5 0 45
CSU San Francisco 8 3 0 ?
CSU San Jose 21 6 0 ?
CSU San Luis Obispo 28 5 0 33
CSU San Marcos 18 1 0 19
CSU Sonoma 14 0 0 ?
CSU Stanislaus 16 0 0 16
UC Irvine 6 1 1 ?
UC Merced 16 1 1 ?
**UC Santa Barbara 9 0 0 19
TOTALS 425 111 8 334
% of Total Votes 78.13% 20.40% 1.5%
Hector Fernandez

Business Manager/CEO

Cell: 619-971-2355

May 8, 2017

Could Affiliation be a Benefit to SETC-United?

Brothers and Sisters,

As SETC-United continues to move forward, the board has the responsibility and obligation to put the Union and members first. We face uncertain times in the labor movement as the future is ever changing. The continued threat to Unions with "Right to Work" still has effects that need to be considered. The ongoing push for pension and benefit reform will continue to threaten our members now and into the future. These concerns, along with how to better provide top notch representation is the priority of your elected leaders.

That is why the SETC Board voted at our last Executive Board Meeting, to communicate with members over the coming weeks to determine whether we should pursue affiliation with another Union, in order to build our power and obtain the resources we need to provide excellent representation, and win strong contracts with fair wages and benefits for our members.

The big questions for us to consider:

Do you believe future challenges can be faced alone, with our current resources?

Do you believe we will be better supported under an affiliation?

These questions will require proper research and information to allow for a justified answer. We hope to provide the research and information to our members to better grasp the state of SETC-United. I encourage everyone to review the materials provided. They provide real life details on the current status of SETC-United, and the potential future of SETC-United. Click here to view a pdf of what our structure may look like through affiliation. Click here to view the minimum annual cost of resources we would need to have effective representation.

If you have questions please contact me or any board member.

Hector Fernandez

Business Manager/CEO

Cell: 619-971-2355

April 22, 2017

CSU Audit & General Membership Meeting

Brothers and Sisters,

Please read the following link in regards to the state audit on CSU. It highlights the increased hiring of MPP's compared to staff. Stay tuned on how you can help in regards to this matter.

general membership meeting:

The General membership meeting will take place at the Doubletree Hotel in Bakersfield. Please review the information below:

The Doubletree by Hilton
3100 Camino Del Rio Court
Bakersfield, CA 93308
Start time 9:00am

Look forward to seeing everyone this week.

Hector Fernandez

Business Manager/CEO

April 21, 2017

For Member Review

Brothers and Sisters,

Please review the following:


We are getting ready to start the 2017 SETC scholarship application period. I know many have been asking questions in regards to submissions and processing. Please be advised we will roll out all details with the revamp of the website soon. We will follow the same time frame as previous (submission end June and disbursement in August). I appreciate your patience as we improve the process to enable more members to apply for this scholarship.

Any questions please forward to the Business Manager.


On June 30, 2017 CSU members will receive a 2% GSI. This will reflect in your July paycheck when disbursed at the end of the month.

We are starting negotiations on wages for the 2017-2018 Fiscal year. We will continue to updated the members as these talks proceed. The initial talks will cover looking into options to move members through the salary range. If you need more information please contact your board members as we move forward.


We have requested for stewards to gather pictures of members for the website. Please help to submit pictures of members on job sites, around campus, and in front of school signs. These pictures will be part of the website design moving forward.

We hope to have the official launch for the redesign in the next 4 weeks. I know it has taken time but the changes will help open communication and engagement.

general membership meeting:

The general membership meeting is April 29, 2017 starting 9am. It will be held at CSU Bakersfield. There will opportunity drawings, lunch, and plenty of time to meet board members and fellow campus members. We look forward to seeing everyone in attendance. The agenda will be posted for review early next week.

Thank you for the continued support of all SETC representatives.

Hector Fernandez

Business Manager/CEO

April 3, 2017

Moving Forward

Brothers and Sisters,

I appreciate everyone's patience as the changes take place. We are moving forward daily with old and new business. Moving forward with classification reviews and wage reopeners for 2017-2018 fiscal year is the major business right now. More updates will come in the near future as these talks progress in the coming months.

We are working on a refresh of the website, which includes plans to make the site mobile friendly, add a forum and blog sections, and create an interactive site to engage and inform members. This should be completed in the next 4-6 weeks.

I wanted to shed some light on matters that surround SETC. Many members were aware of the Friedrichs case, and how it relates to Union dues. Unions face another round of threats coming from Janus vs AFSCME, please see attached link: . There is also the concern of Bills being introduced in California and the Federal level for "Right to Work". With minimal resources SETC is exploring ideas to make sure we continue to provide the service expected from members, if or when the climate changes.

As SETC evolves we are constantly considering the members needs with every change. We hope that everyone reaches out to Stewards, Board Members, and myself to express their opinions. This path continues to have speed bumps, but we are focused on the goal to provide transparency and open communication.

I appreciate all the support from our members, and will continue to move SETC forward with our Board and members help.


Hector Fernandez

Business Manager/CEO

February 1, 2017

In Loving Memory

Brothers and Sisters,

It is with great sadness that SETC-United must inform its members on the passing of Gary Kestel. Gary was a dedicated Union brother for many years. Serving as SETC Executive Board Recording Secretary from October 2013 to January 2017, Contract Negotiating team member for the 2015 - 2019 Contract and Chief Steward on his campus. He was very involved in defending our CBA at San Jose and statewide. He will be deeply missed by all those who knew him, and the work he did for our brothers and sisters.

Hector Fernandez

Business Manager/CEO

January 5, 2017

General Membership Meeting Agenda for Long Beach

SETC Brothers and Sisters,

We have posted the meeting agenda for review. I hope to see everyone in Long Beach on January 28, 2017 from 8am to 4pm. We are going to change the structure of the meeting to encompass some new ideas. Part of these changes will include having an opportunity drawing for the members in attendance.

We are currently exploring options to provide a live feed/playback for members to review that cannot attend in-person. More information will be disbursed as we finalize details.

Click here to view a pdf of the meeting agenda.

Hector Fernandez

Business Manager/CEO

January 3, 2017

New Year

SETC Brothers and Sisters,

HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!! Hope everyone enjoyed the time off from work. I want to update everyone on few items that are upcoming.

First, we have classification reviews starting soon. We have an opening for two members to join this committee which starts at the end of the month. If interested please call or email me by January 6th for details. We will notify the candidates by January 13th on the Boards decision.

Second, we are putting together a committee for wage and benefit reopeners. We are looking for one members to join this committee. Please notify me of your interest by January 13th, and a decision will be given to the candidates by January 27th.

Lastly, there are a few Stewards that have not responded to emails. If you are not getting emails please contact me to update the information.

Hector Fernandez

Business Manager

December 12, 2016

SETC Changes

SETC Brothers and Sisters,

I know the communication from this website has not been very timely. We are in the process of making some changes to provide a better user experience for our members. I appreciate the patience while this process is under way. If anyone has questions related to any Union business I encourage to reach out to myself or any other Board Member. We are here to support and provide an arena where the members can express themselves. I have made campus visits to many of the CSU and UC campuses. I will continue these trips into the new year with a completion of all 25 by February.

Please read below for some news on SETC.

I want to start by wishing everyone a Happy Holidays. This has been a long year and we have seen SETC go through many changes good and bad. The new Board is working diligently to move forward on business which should affect our work moving forward. A full review of each CSU classification standard will begin in January with the Chancellor's Office. With the support and feedback of the members we are looking to redefine what our members do currently and what our work will consist of moving forward. This is the opportunity to show how our positions have evolved and secure that work for our members. On this committee, we are looking for two members to be involved in the process. If you want more information on this, please contact me personally. These meetings begin in January.

The next step, we are moving into wage and benefit reopeners for the CSU come February. As most are aware, we get a 2% increase on June 30, 2017 (reflected in paycheck for end of July). We have an opportunity to negotiate another increase for fiscal year 2017-2018. We are looking for a member that has an interest to be part of this negotiating team. If you want more information on this, please contact me personally. As updates from these negotiations become available the Board will get it out to the members.

The current Board held two meetings this year to address many of the pressing issues. Our first concern was the By-Laws by which we operate. Assessing the factors surrounding the By-Laws, we have decided to review these one by one to make effective change. In the meantime, we have implemented policies and procedures by which the Board and SETC will operate. One of these is an expense procedure which will be available soon to the members. It covers how SETC will operate as a business and the terms by which the Board and members will follow for expenses. Other parts of these procedures will include a Code of Ethics, Removal or Vacancy of positions, and Responsibilities of Board Members, Stewards, and Members. As the Board reviews and implements these policies and procedures they will disburse the information to the members.

Finally, I want to address the concern of a stipend for the Business Manager. I was made aware that some members have questions on the decision of the Board to authorize a year one temporary stipend of $1500.00 for the Business Manager. The job of Business Manager was reviewed by the Board during the San Jose meetings. Under the current responsibilities and job requirements the Board found that this position required above and beyond the normal requirements of a Board position. Due to the nature of business, travel, long hours, time restraints, and daily requirements, the Board decided it was cost effective to keep these responsibilities in house under the Business Manager. The other option was considering staff or consultants which increased the cost for SETC.

This Board is working hard to set a foundation for SETC which will define how SETC operates moving into the future. This includes consistent trainings, defined business practices, a financial plan for growth and continued success, and business plan to detail out a path for our members. These plans take time and will not happen overnight. We appreciate the support thus far, and hope to continue to involve the members on what your elected Board is doing for you!!

As mentioned to all members that I have visited so far, I am available by text, phone, and email. I have set a 24-hour time frame for response to all. For those I have not met I look forward to visiting the campuses very soon.

Happy Holidays,

Hector Fernandez

Business Manager

September 16, 2016

2016 Election Results

Click here to view the election results

August 31, 2016

Election Information and Candidate Statements:

If you lose, destroy or did not receive your ballot, you may request a duplicate by calling TrueBallot at (866) 556-5190. The deadline for requesting a duplicate ballot is September 12, 2016.

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


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

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!


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.

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

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


Chris Sprofera

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

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


  • 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

Joe Lopez

SETC-United Judge of Election (CSU Stanislaus)

(408) 750-7832

Manesh Chand

SETC-United Judge of Election (UC Merced)

(209) 604-4018

June 10, 2016


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


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:


  • 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.

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