May 27, 2015
UAPD-represented doctors in the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS), Department of Mental Health (DMH), Department of Public Health (DPH), and the Sheriff’s Department medical services are in support of a new plan to unite the departments into a single agency. Integration will give doctors the tools they need to improve patient care, including a single electronic health record system. Providing comprehensive health care at a single point of entry is not only better for the patients, it is cost-effective. Integration will save money by avoiding the duplication of services that happens when people are passed between multiple departments for their health care, for example. A single, well-managed agency can help the County meet the challenges of running a large health care system. Los Angles doctors have been impressed by the progress that Dr. Mitch Katz has made at DHS, and hope that he will be able to continue this work as the head of the new agency.
Read UAPD President Dr. Stuart Bussey’s thoughts on department integration in the Union Pulse.
May 27, 2015
With all the votes counted, 202 Los Angeles County pharmacists have voted in favor of joining UAPD, with just 17 voting for the Guild, and 1 voting for No Representation. That is more than 90% of the votes in favor of the new union. Based on these ERCOM, the labor board for Los Angeles, will recognize UAPD as the new union representative at its next meeting on June 22nd.
The determination, unity, and hard work demonstrated by pharmacists throughout this campaign has been striking. Pharmacist leaders collected signed union cards from a majority of their colleagues by May of last year, but their union election was delayed for several months because a political dispute in Los Angeles left ERCOM out of commission. UAPD worked with our allies in Los Angeles to help settle that dispute and get ERCOM back on track, so that the pharmacists could move forward with the process of joining UAPD.
The strength of this group will be put to good use in the coming months, when they negotiate the first UAPD contract with Los Angeles County. UAPD staff and elected leaders in Los Angeles have begun working with pharmacists on the contract campaign.
May 22, 2015
The new Agreement between UAPD and AHS was overwhelmingly ratified by the members. The vote drew the largest membership participation in the past 15 years.
Under the new Agreement, dentists and psychiatrists will benefit from across the board pay increases with retroactivity in year one. Market surveys will be conducted by AHS for wage reopeners in years two and three, and salary adjustments will be made if necessary. Additionally, psychiatrists will participate in a two-part incentive pay program that the doctors helped design. Details of that bonus plan have been sent to AHS members. In a newly formed committee, AHS managers will meet with doctors as often as monthly to discuss and remedy issues that could affect productivity, quality, and patient satisfaction in the clinics. Both educational leave and stipend were increased under the agreement.
April 24, 2015
Beginning April 9th and lasting until April 14th, UAPD doctors were on strike against the University of California to protest unfair labor practices committed during the year-long bargaining for a first contract. In addition to picketing the student health centers in Los Angeles and Berkeley, doctors protested at Cal Day, Bruin Day, and Celebrate Irvine, the days when UC welcomes new students to campus. There were several rallies featuring doctors and students (including one student who thanked a striking doctor for saving her life), and a march on the chancellor’s office at both Los Angeles and UC Berkeley. There was even a plane towing banners in support of the doctors at most events.
The press coverage of the action continued to be strong — the story was seen by more than 4 million viewers on TV newscasts and featured in both the LA Times and The San Francisco Chronicle. Everyone has been sympathetic to the doctors, who are fighting to ensure that students can receive quality health care on campus.
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Sample of Print Coverage
OC Register UC student doctors’ strike hits region
Santa Monica Mirror Striking Doctors, Dentists To Picket Outside UCLA Campus In Westwood Monday
SF Chronicle: In Rare Move UC Campus Doctors Plan 4 Day Walkout
California Healthline: Doctor Strike May Be Harbinger of Reform Era Labor Problems
Los Angeles Times: Doctors at UC student health clinics start strike
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