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New Clinic Joins UAPD

November 19, 2015

Providers at the To Help Everyone (THE) Health and Wellness Centers in Los Angeles have joined UAPD and negotiated their first contract.  The new UAPD contract was overwhelmingly ratified by members.   A contract summary is below, and the full text of the Agreement will be distributed once it is finalized.  Congratulations to all!

Summary of T.H.E. Contract
  • 5% across the board increases (3 guaranteed + 2 merit) in 2016, 2017, and 2018.
  • Higher entry level salaries
  • Progressive Discipline – Guarantee that any disciplinary action be fair and backed by evidence.
  • Grievance Procedure – A clear procedure for setting disputes between the employer and providers.
  • Binding Arbitration – A neutral third party to settle any disputes that cannot be resolved in house.
  • Layoff Based on Seniority and Classification – Guarantee that any layoffs will be conducted fairly.
  • 40 hours CE after 1 full year of employment, excluding PTO  (PTO starts after 90 days)
  • NP’s and PA’s are allowed up to $1000.00 in CE reimbursement
  • MDs and DDS are allowed up to $1500.00 in CME/CE reimbursement

Triennial Convention and Free CME on Overseas Medicine

October 5, 2015

All UAPD members are encouraged to come to San Francisco this October 23-24 for the UAPD Triennial Convention and free continuing education class.  All events will take place at the Westin St. Francis Hotel (MAP), located on Union Square in the heart of San Francisco.  Register for the meetings online by clicking here.

What is the Triennial Convention?

As required by the UAPD bylaws, every three years the Union holds a statewide meeting that brings together UAPD members and elected delegates from all sectors.  This meeting, called the Triennial Convention, will take place on Saturday, October 24, 2015.  At the Triennial, there will be a review and analysis of Union activities that have taken place since the last Triennial.  Attendees will also make, discuss, and vote on motions to set the Union’s direction for the next three years.
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Santa Clara Doctors Protest Contracting Out Jobs

October 5, 2015

UAPD received notice that Traditions Behavioral Health and representatives of the County of Santa Clara had signed an agreement to immediately hire outside contractors to provide psychiatric services to the Main Jail, Elmwood Correctional Facility, and Elmwood Correctional Center for Women.  At about the same time, two doctors currently employed in the Main Jail were told that starting in October, custodial health services will be performed by TBH contractors rather public employees.

UAPD has launched a comprehensive campaign to urge the County Supervisors to reject that agreement, and a large number of Santa Clara doctors have joined the fight.  The County’s attempt to replace regular positions with contractors poses a direct threat to all Santa Clara doctor jobs and the services they provide to the community.
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All Three Los Angeles Groups in Bargaining

October 5, 2015

Los Angeles County Physicians (324), Psychiatrists and Dentists (325) and Pharmacists (301) are all at the table this month.  One of the ways that an employer gauges the strength of a union during bargaining is by its membership rate — the percentage of people who have chosen to sign an application to become full members rather than remain fair share fee payers.  Over the next few weeks, UAPD staff will be working across Los Angeles County to maximize our level of membership.  LA County members are asked to  give organizers a hand locating the non-members, and to speak to their colleagues about the importance of being a UAPD member.  The contract we’re negotiating covers everyone — and the more people who become members, the better that contract will be.

Here is a brief update of where each group is in negotiations:

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Alameda Doctors Unsatisfied with County Offer

October 5, 2015

Alameda County currently has over a 50% vacancy rate among Physician llls and is spending $190 per hour on locum tenens to provide some coverage.  Last fiscal year alone, the County spent $1.55 million dollars on locum coverage.  To explain the vacancy rate, the UAPD bargaining team presented management with comparisons between doctor salaries in Alameda County and elsewhere in the Bay Area.  Alameda County is at the bottom of the list when recent salary increases in San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Kaiser are taken into account.  In fact, Alameda County is about 15%-20% below the market when compared to those employers.
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