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.
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.
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.
November 13, 2014
UAPD held its annual statewide membership meeting in Sacramento on October 25th. Click here to see photos. In addition to the meeting, there was a productive board meeting the evening before, a fascinating ethics CME Saturday morning, and a steward training in the afternoon. The Sanford A. Marcus Service Award and a proclamation from the City of San Francisco were presented to Dr. Deborah Brown, a City and County of San Francisco physician and UAPD Executive Board Member. As Dr. Bussey wrote in a recent UAPD Pulse, “One of the most important outcomes of the weekend was the initiation of our strategic planning committee. Over the next few months we will incorporate our UAPD business plan into a broader strategic action plan. Every successful organization needs self assessment and concrete goals, and UAPD is no exception. Our union memories of past growth and accomplishment must be balanced with vision and direction for future success.”
November 13, 2014
UAPD has filed Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges against the University of California (UC) for unilaterally increasing doctors’ pension contributions after saying they would not, among other things. It has become evident that UC’s bad faith bargaining is making it impossible to reach a fair agreement at the negotiating table. After nine months of negotiations, 33 bargaining sessions, and serious effort on the part of the UAPD team, doctors still have not reached an agreement with UC. While nurses’, medical assistants’, and other workers’ pay will increase up to 30% under their current contracts, UC insists that it can afford to offer doctors no more than 12% in raises over an even longer period of time (5 fiscal years). This is despite the fact that UC’s own salary data show that the overwhelming majority of student health center doctors earn well below the market rate for physicians. It is difficult to recruit and retain talented doctors, especially at the campuses where salaries are $40,000 below the California median for student health physicians.
In light of UC’s unfair labor practices and their effect on bargaining, doctors have been discussing taking action. Now the time has come to make a decision. Between November 17th and November 21st, UAPD-represented doctors will vote on whether or not to grant the UAPD Bargaining Team authority to call a strike if necessary. Details have been sent to UAPD-represented doctors that have provided contact information to UAPD. All others can contact the UAPD office (1-800-622-0909) to join the mailing list and learn about the time and location of the meeting and vote on their campus.