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Press Coverage of UAPD Strike Against UC

January 29, 2015

Dozens of newspapers sent reporters and photographers to cover the story.  Here is some of the coverage so far:

The story was covered extensively by TV news and radio stations up and down the state.  Some stations have already posted videos:

KTTV Los Angeles
KABC Los Angeles
Fox 5 San Diego
7 San Diego
CBS 8 San Diego

Last but not least, the UAPD strike got 3500 “Likes” on Facebook!


UC Strike Called for January 27th

January 20, 2015

Download Strike Flyer – Picket and Rally Locations (PDF)

FAQ for Striking Doctors (PDF)

Press Release Picket Line Locations (PDF)

Press Release Ten Day Notice (PDF)

The Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) has given the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) notice that doctors employed by its student health centers will hold a one-day Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike on Tuesday, January 27th, starting at 7:30 am.

The student health doctors, who organized their union with UAPD in 2013, are currently bargaining with UC for a first contract.  In a series of membership meetings in December, over 90% of the student health doctors voted in favor of striking.

UAPD has filed multiple ULP charges against UC with the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB).  UC’s behavior has made it impossible to reach a fair agreement at the negotiating table, even after a full year of negotiations, 41 bargaining sessions, and the UAPD team’s continuous effort to find middle ground.

“A ULP strike is the only way to compel UC to follow the laws that govern bargaining,” explained UAPD President Stuart A. Bussey, M.D..  “Unfortunately, UC has a history of disrespecting workers during negotiations, and we’re no exception to that.”

Charles McDaniel, M.D., a psychiatrist who works at UCLA, said, “We organized a union so that UC would respect doctors, and take seriously its obligation to provide health care, including adequate mental health services, to the students.  We have been trying to reach an agreement at the bargaining table, but UC’s ongoing unfair labor practices are standing in the way of that.”

UC Doctors Authorize Strike

December 4, 2014

After 35 bargaining sessions over ten months, there is still no agreement between UAPD and the University of California over terms for a first contract for UC Student Health Center doctors.  After months of bad faith bargaining on the part of UC, in November the UAPD bargaining team filed Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges against UC and held a strike authorization vote on all the UC campuses.  An overwhelming majority – more than 90% — of doctors voted yes, giving the UAPD bargaining team the authority to call a ULP strike if necessary.  The UAPD team will continue negotiating with UC in December, hoping to reach a fair agreement at the table if at all possible.

AFSCME Family Scholarship Program

November 26, 2014

Each year the AFSCME Family Scholarship Program provides ten $2,000 scholarships to high school seniors, which will be renewed for a maximum of four years.  Children of UAPD members are welcome to apply.  Applications must be post-marked by December 31, 2014.  More details and and the application can be found online.

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UAPD Sweeps Political Races

November 14, 2014

UAPD, along with other unions in the state, helped propel several of our own UAPD members to important wins in the recent California and US elections.  Richard Pan, M.D., a pediatrician, won a Senate seat in the 6th District (Sacramento).  Jim Woods, DDS, a private practice dentist, won an Assembly seat in the 2nd District (North Coast), and Ami Bera, M.D., narrowly won a US House seat for the second time in the  7th Congressional  District (Elk Grove).  UAPD also supported San Francisco Supervisor David Chiu, who won a narrow victory for an Assembly seat in the 17th District.  Two labor-friendly candidates – Hilda Solis and Sheila Kuehl – both won seats on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors with UAPD’s help.  Finally, UAPD was heartened by the defeat of Propositions 45 and 46, both of which would have had ill effects on doctors.  In the case of Prop 46, the threat of higher medical costs and draconian drug testing regulations for doctors seemed to turn off voters from across the political spectrum.

Bills for the next legislative session are being conceptualized and drafted now, with a deadlines of January 30th for introduction to the Office of Legislative Counsel (for bill analysis) and February 27th for introduction to the California Legislature.  Members can contact Doug Chiappetta, Director of Legislative and Political Affairs, with ideas for new bills.

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