Union Officers & Staff
UPM’s governing body consists of nine members and is called the Executive Council.
Six members are full-time faculty members, elected by the full-time members. Likewise, two members are part-time members and are elected by part-time members. One faculty member runs “at large” and is elected by the entire membership.
Our office support is provided by two part-time secretaries. There are also a number of working committees made up of our officers and members at large. Some of these jobs are done voluntarily and some of them are paid.
The Executive Council appoints a number of UPM officers, including President, Chief Negotiator, Treasurer, and Grievance officer.
I began working at CoM in the fall of 2003 teaching two lab classes as an adjunct faculty member. I was hired for a full time position in the Department of Physical Sciences in the fall of 2004. Since then I have taught Organic Chemistry, introductory chemistry and chemistry for the Allied Health Sciences. On top of my teaching duties, I was VP of the Academic Senate for two years, Department Chairperson for six years, and have served on more governance, planning and hiring committees than I can count. In May of 2019 I was elected to the Executive Council of the United Professors of Marin and subsequently elected as President of the Union. It is truly an honor to represent the many excellent, dedicated faculty members at the College.
Before coming to CoM I spent two years in the US Peace Corps in the Republic of Fiji. I then returned and earned my PhD in Organic Chemistry from UC Davis followed by a two year NIH postdoctoral fellowship.
Appointed by the Executive Council, the Chief Negotiator leads the team negotiating new UPM contracts.
My name is Marco Gonzalez and for the last seven years I have taught Sociology here at COM.
Since my hire, I have actively sought to support our campus community both inside and outside the classroom in a number of ways – from serving on the Diversity and Equity Committee to working as the Research Methodologist for COM’s Faculty-Led Inquiry Team (FLIT). However, most of my work outside the classroom has been in service to our union, where I’ve served as a member of the Executive Council, the Collective Bargaining Team, and UPM’s Grievance Officer prior to my current appointment as Chief Negotiator.
Before being hired full-time at COM, I taught Sociology at various other community colleges throughout the San Francisco Bay Area including Santa Rosa Junior College, Napa Valley College, and Diablo Valley College. I also worked as a Junior Research Fellow at Oxford University’s Nuffield College and was a National Science Foundation Fellow with the Social Science Research Council. I completed my graduate work at Harvard University and earned a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from UC Berkeley. Born and raised in Richmond, California, I am also a proud former community college student having attended both Contra Costa and Diablo Valley College.
Please refer to the Grievance FAQ page for common questions regarding grievance incidents and issues.
Contact the UPM Grievance Officer to immediately report a potential grievance incident/issue.
You may also contact the UPM Secretary directly via email: Secretary@UPM.website
Please do NOT use any College of Marin phone or email communication for any UPM matter.
The UPM Treasurer processes all payments for UPM Officers and Committee members. For reimbursement complete the UPM Hourly Payroll Registration Form and return it to the UPM office complete and signed, in person, by mail or email. To submit UPM Payroll Registration Form, please download and complete the UPM Hourly Payroll Registration PDF Form.
Completed forms may be submitted via UPM email or printed and submitted to the UPM office via inner office mail.
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