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.
View Strike Photos
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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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April 3, 2015
On April 2nd, UAPD gave the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) formal notice that we will hold an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike in Southern California as well as Northern California. On the Southern California campuses (Los Angeles, San Diego, Irvine, Riverside, and Santa Barbara), the strike will begin on Saturday, April 11th at 7:00 am and end on Wednesday April 15th at 7:00 am. All Southern California doctors will return for their regular shifts on Wednesday April 15th.
As previously announced, for Northern California campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and Merced), the strike will start on Thursday, April 9th, at 7:00 am, run through the weekend, and end Monday, April 13th at 7:00 am. All Northern California doctors will return for their regular shifts on Monday, April 13th.
Picket line times and locations.
Here is a FAQ for strikers.
April 1, 2015
UAPD’s 2015 Free CME and Organizing Training will take place Saturday, May 2nd at the San Francisco Airport Westin. You can register online here.
Here’s what we have to offer!
Free 4-Credit CME/CE: All are encouraged to attend “The Legislature in Public Health,” a free educational activity held Saturday morning at 8:30 am. Controversial issues like immunization, the right to die, and marijuana regulation will go before the State Legislature this session, and in this course we will examine the bills from the point of view of health care providers. Speakers include State Senator Richard Pan, M.D., among others.
Lunch: Here’s a chance to break bread with fellow UAPD members from every sector. Guest speakers will be announced soon.
Organizing Training: UAPD is part of a nationwide campaign to increase union membership. The best organizers are current union members who are willing to talk to their colleagues about the importance of supporting the union. This training, which runs from 2 pm – 4 pm on Saturday, will give you the tools you need to do that effectively. No experience necessary – all are welcome to participate!
Most UAPD members are responsible for their own travel and hotel costs for attending the meeting. UAPD covers the travel and hotel costs of Board Members, and of stewards and bargaining team members who attend the organizing training on Saturday afternoon. If you need a hotel room reserved at the special UAPD rate, please be sure to register before April 10th. You can register online here.
April 1, 2015
The UAPD Board has approved a request by Alameda Healthcare Services (AHS) doctors to go on strike against their employer. During the strike authorization vote among UAPD members at AHS, 98% of them voted in favor of a strike. AHS doctors will be meeting soon to plan details of a strike. Meeting information has been sent to AHS members.
Doctors are angry that AHS managers have been negotiating in bad faith for months, and are trying to tie pay to unfair measures aimed at cutting patient time with doctors. AHS insists that its employed doctors meet the standards of private hospital doctors, while providing the doctors with neither the infrastructure nor the support to provide the most efficient patient care. Rather than squeeze its current staff, AHS must do more to recruit and retain enough doctors to see patients in a timely manner.