June 9, 2015
The UAPD contract ratification vote for the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) concluded on Friday, May 29th. 95% of union members casting ballots voted to ratify the new three-year Agreement between UAPD and the City and County of San Francisco. A summary of the new Agreement is here
It is expected that the Board of Supervisors will hold their second and final vote to ratify our contract later this month.
Special note regarding the new compensatory time off (CTO) provision: CTO will be capped at 160 hours, with a maximum of 120 hours allowed to be carried over to the following fiscal year (i.e., every July 1). CTO cannot be cashed-out, in contrast with vacation leave which can be cashed-out at any time, including upon separation from City employment. Therefore, UAPD members should always use CTO for time off before tapping vacation leave.
June 9, 2015
On Thursday, May 28th UAPD Gardner Family Health Network members overwhelmingly ratified the agreement reached between the union and GFHN. Later that evening, the GFHN Board of Trustees also approved it, so it will be in effect until June 30, 2018.
A summary of the agreement has been mailed to members. UAPD reminds its members to use or rollover additional continuing education funds before the end of the calendar year.
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.