May 11, 2016
Due to the strength and unity of UAPD NEVHC members, the midterm bargaining team won the establishment of a new salary scale for providers. The comprehensive grid incorporates substantial salary increases for all UAPD members at NEVHC, ranging from 9% to 23% cumulatively.
The UAPD team worked hard on this, meeting regularly, often weekly, with management for the past several months on behalf of all members. This tremendous achievement was accomplished by a diverse group of members working together, as a team, on unpaid time outside of their clinic hours. This group of remarkable providers is committed to ensuring just and fair working conditions and compensation, while equally committed to always providing the best, safest patient care.
This historic achievement is remarkable not only because it represents an unprecedented mid-contract salary increase for every classification, but because it establishes a salary scale for the first time at NEVHC. The salary scale is based on years of clinical experience.
April 22, 2016
On Wednesday April 20, UAPD joined AFSCME 3299, the California Nurses’ Association, and the Teamsters in a united lobbying effort against a proposed attack on the University of California pension. Ten teams of employees and staff met with 54 legislators and key staffers, explaining the problem and urging them to sign a letter demanding that UC’s proposition 2 funding for fiscal year 2016-2017 be contingent on elimination of the 401(k) opt-out. Since the Assembly Speaker, Senate President, and Lt. Governor all signed letters opposing the opt-out, we are hopeful that with continued pressure, the legislature will agree to compel UC to do the right thing.
UAPD members will remember that the Coalition of UC Unions strongly oppose UC president Janet Napolitano’s Task Force’s recommendation to introduce caps on pensionable salary for all employees hired on or after July 1, 2016. You can read the emails describing those efforts and see UAPD President Stuart Bussey’s testimony here: January 15 email and January 29 email.
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April 21, 2016
April 21st was the first day of Bargaining Unit 16 negotiations. After introductions, both sides agreed to the ground rules that will govern this round of bargaining.
Prior to the start of negotiations, Chief Negotiator Nereyda Rivera requested several types of information that the team will need to conduct bargaining. For example, we requested the number of vacancies by classification, department and institution, the names of doctors affected by the PEPRA pension cuts, and various kinds of leave reports. Today Principal Labor Relations Officer Candace Murch provided much of the information that we requested, and the team will review what was provided for completeness. The team also requested additional information from the State at this meeting.
Both sides agreed to roll over three articles for which we have no new proposals. Bargaining will continue next week at the UAPD office in Sacramento. Stay tuned for future updates.
April 16, 2016
Negotiations for the next State Bargaining Unit 16 contract are scheduled to begin on Thursday, April 21st. Meetings will take place on a weekly basis to start, and updates will be sent to UAPD members regularly.
More than 500 UAPD members took the time to complete the bargaining survey. The responses are being closely reviewed by the UAPD team and will be used to craft proposals. Doctors also wrote tens of thousands of comments, too many to include here, detailing specific areas in need of improvement. Some of the most common demands in the survey were:
- Salary increases sufficient to recruit and retain high quality doctors
- Parity pay for those classes of State doctors that have fallen behind their peers
- Protect the right of State doctors, as professionals, to work free of timekeeping devices
- Protect the right of State doctors to exercise professional judgement
- Resume Medical Officer of the Day (MOD) in departments where it was discontinued
- Protect and expand alternate work schedule options
- Increase CE/CME reimbursement, protect doctors’ right to choose activities, and clarify travel time language
- Do more for new employees, starting with greater transparency about salary and benefits during the hiring process. Take steps to offset the PEPRA pension cuts.
- Call — Increase on-call pay, define scope of call, and ensure that carrying an EHR-enabled laptop is not a requirement
- Limit State to reasonable use of telemedicine and telepsychiatry, and introduce language to protect bargaining unit doctors doing that work
- Protect unit jobs against contracting out
The UAPD team will give voice to these important issues, and many others, over the coming months. Your 2016 Negotation Team consists of:
Ron Lewis, M.D. – CCHCS/CDCR
Mubashir Farooqi, M.D. – DSH
Brian Kennedy, D.D.S. – DHCS
Pitr Conroy, M.D. – DDS
Keith Quint, M.D. – DSS
Stuart Bussey, M.D., J.D., UAPD President
Nereyda Rivera, Chief Negotiator
Zegory A. Williams, Executive Director
Sue Wilson, Business and Communications Director
Glynnis Golden Ortiz, Labor Representative
April 13, 2016
AFSCME President Lee Saunders traveled around the Bay Area talking to union members about their jobs. President Saunders met with University of California Student Health Doctors, UAPD President Stuart A. Bussey, M.D., and UAPD staff at the International House on the UC Berkeley Campus. This was a great opportunity to bring doctor issues directly to the President of a 1.4 million member union. UAPD is a proud affiliate of AFSCME, which provided a great deal of support during UC doctors strike.