July 11, 2016
UAPD has submitted a request for bargaining in Santa Cruz County and has begun the process of selecting a negotiating team. This year’s bargaining will likely be contentious, as the doctors plan to push the County to do more to resolve its critical doctor shortage.
In the coming weeks, UAPD will also hold a meet and confer with management over their plan to create evening hours in the Emeline clinic. While there is now a volunteer interested in filling evening hours, the union’s concern is what will happen if no volunteers exist. There will also be a second Labor Management meeting about Avatar, the new EHR system on the mental-health side. At the last meeting, doctors listed dozens of problems with the system, and will soon assess how much progress has been made on resolving them.
July 11, 2016
On Friday, July 1st, Psychiatrists at Alameda Health Services overwhelmingly expressed their desire to remove Dr. Joe Walker as Chair of their Department. Over the past two months, Dr. Walker has misused his position to make a deal with Traditions Behavioral Health (TBH) to contract out psychiatrists’ positions in a questionable deal. The doctors’ petition to remove Dr. Walker revolves around their belief that he has not fulfilled his obligations as Chair in the following areas:
1. Dr. Walker made a deal with TBH while serving as interim Chief Medical Officer – a clear conflict of interest!
2. He is an absentee Chair who is never seen in PES except to announce to the doctors that they will be fired from their jobs and replaced by TBH.
3. He has personally intimidated countless employee psychiatrists in the past weeks and has a history of threatening physicians during one-on-one meetings.
4. He fails to respond to doctors’ emails, even when it involves urgent clinical matters.
5. There is an active MEC investigation against Dr. Walker.
On Monday, July 11th, UAPD Doctors and SEIU Nurses attended the Alameda County Board of Supervisors’ Health Sub-committee to voice our concerns about patient care at JGPP.
July 2, 2016
All University of California student health center doctors represented by UAPD received a 3% raise effective Friday, July 1st. This marks the third salary increase in the UAPD contract, totaling a minimum of 10%, and significantly more for doctors at five campuses who were previously below negotiated minimum salaries or who received equity adjustments.
UAPD members will recall that the contract also provided for retroactive lump sum payments. All of the campuses issued the lump sum payments by November 2015, and earlier this year, UAPD began a careful review of each campuses’ calculations. The Union found a structural error in most payroll departments’ methodologies, whereby doctors were not paid for two months of the first retroactive period. UAPD has been working with the Office of the President since that time to ensure that the missing amounts are issued and all doctors receive the full retroactive payments they are due.
As a result, some campuses are issuing corrective payments now and the others will follow soon thereafter. UAPD will send another announcement when the final correct amounts are documented so that any member unsure of their retroactive payment can verify it with the Union.
July 1, 2016
On Thursday, June 30, UAPD met with the State. UAPD started the day with a proposal on Hours of Work, clarifying that working an average of 40 hours per week over a 12 month period means that some weeks should be shorter than 40 hours to offset those which are longer. We also clarified that the prohibition on “timekeeping devices” in our contract extends to methods where the stated purpose is something other than timekeeping. This includes things like personal duress alarm systems, identification badge swipe systems, sign-in sheets, and the like – none of these should be used to track a doctor’s time at work. UAPD also proposed that doctors be held responsible only for reasonable objectives in the workplace. An example of an unreasonable objective is CCHCS holding individual physicians responsible for meeting their facility’s overall, court-ordered objectives for patient visits, when short staffing means the work is divided between too few doctors.
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June 24, 2016
The following UAPD members were elected to serve as delegates at the AFSCME 42nd International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, which starts on July 18, 2016. The theme of this year’s convention is “Never Quit”.
Nandan Bhatt, M.D.
Department of Developmental Services
Mubashir Farooqi, M.D.
Department of State Hospitals
Dennis K. Lin, M.D.
Department of State Hospitals
L. Lee Nelson, M.D.
Los Angeles Department of Health Services
Shakalpi R. Pendurkar, DDS., MPH
Gardner Health Services
Alice To, Pharm.D.
Los Angeles County
In accordance with the UAPD constitution and bylaws, UAPD President Stuart A. Bussey, M.D., J.D., is automatically included as one of UAPD’s seven delegates.
Thank you to the UAPD members who voted in this election and the eight nominees for their effort and enthusiasm on behalf of the Union. Congratulations to our elected delegates.