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Save the Date! UAPD Triennial Convention Oct. 23 – 24

July 27, 2015

Mark your calendars!  The 2015 UAPD Triennial Convention will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2015.  On Friday, October 23rd, there will be a free CME/CE course and statewide membership meetings for every sector.   All events will be held at the Westin St. Francis, located across from Union Square in San Francisco.

Later this summer we will send all members information about how to run to be a voting delegate at the Triennial Convention.  All members are welcome to attend all events, regardless of whether you are a voting delegate or not.

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UC Doctors Win Historic First Contract

July 20, 2015

After 16 months of negotiations that included 53 bargaining sessions and two strikes, doctors at the UC Student Health Centers settled their first contract with the University of California in June.  Doctors ratified the agreement on July 20th.  While it was a long and difficult negotiation, the team won language that will significantly improve conditions for all UC doctors.  All doctors’ pay will increase by at least 7.1% within two weeks of ratification.  Moreover, the doctors succeeded in making their first raise retroactive to last year, regaining the money that was on hold while negotiations were ongoing.   The contract also set a new minimum salary and brought all doctors up to that level, with retroactivity to last year.  UC had long resisted setting a minimum salary for current employees and making the initial raises retroactive.  However, doctors showed a steadfastness throughout this long process that convinced UC they had no choice.

In addition to the economic improvements, the TA contains language to help doctors navigate the increasingly difficult campus health environment.  For one, the large number of “contract” physicians who were working half-time or more have now been made permanent “career” employees with all the benefits and protections that includes.  As unionized workers, all doctors will have protections against unfair discipline or dismissal, as well as a strong grievance procedure to make sure all of the contract terms are enforced.  Doctors will also be able to call regular meetings with health center management to discuss problems before they get out of hand.  All in all, the Agreement is a very positive first step for student health and counseling center doctors.

Memorial Service for Board Member Deborah (Beth) Brown

July 15, 2015

Where: Congregation Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco (MAP).

When: Sunday, August 2, from 2 pm to 5 pm.

On July 14th, Dr. Deborah (Beth) Brown, San Francisco County physician and long-time secretary of the UAPD Board, passed away.  As a leader in this union, she was known for her deep commitment to serving patients.  She advocated tirelessly so that doctors would be able to provide the best possible care under every circumstance.  At the statewide meeting last year, she received the Sanford A. Marcus Service Award and a proclamation from the City of San Francisco in recognition of her many years of service to the community and this union.  At their next meeting, the UAPD Board will discuss ways to honor Dr. Brown’s memory and her contributions to the union over the years.

Here is a message from her family: Read more …

Santa Cruz Contract Improvements Go Into Effect

July 6, 2015

After several months of re-opener bargaining, the UAPD team signed a Tentative Agreement with Santa Cruz County that was approved by the County Board of Supervisors.  That means that all the improvements (see below) will now go into effect.  In addition to more than doubling call-pay, the Agreement creates a new defined contribution pension plan where the employer and employee can make contributions to offset the cuts caused by the PEPRA legislation of 2012.  For doctors who joined CalPERS after January 1, 2013, the newly created plan will move them closer to the retirement they would have had if the state legislature had not imposed a cap on their pensionable salary.

The Agreement is summarized below.
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More Political Victories for UAPD

July 6, 2015

Recently in Sacramento, the Union had two big victories on issues important to a majority of our membership.

First off, SB 277, the bill introduced by UAPD Member Richard Pan to limit the types of vaccination exemptions, was signed into law.  In his signing message, Governor Brown wrote “The science is clear that vaccines dramatically protect children against a number of infectious and dangerous diseases. While it’s true that no medical intervention is without risk, the evidence shows that immunization powerfully benefits and protects the community.”  Those same sentiments were conveyed by the majority of the doctors who answered our recent UAPD political survey. 74% of you supported SB 277, our survey showed.  UAPD was proud to sponsor the bill and lobby for its passage.

A majority of you also want the union to work against bills that expand the scope of practice for Nurse Practitioners.  76% of you opposed SB 323, the bill to grant full practice authority for NPs.  Today that bill failed in the Assembly Business and Professions Committee.  While it will have a courtesy reconsideration, for all intents and purposes the bill is now dead.  We know that Nurse Practitioners play a critical role in the healthcare system, but our survey showed that most of us believe that medical school training makes doctors better suited for some tasks. That was the crux of the testimony UAPD gave in committee last week as well.

When you have a moment, you can to explore the political survey results more thoroughly.  Some of the results are not surprising. At our most recent CME class in San Francisco,  it was plain to see that members are not in agreement when it comes to doctor-hastened death. However, it’s interesting that most of our members opposed recreational marijuana use, even though a majority of Americans now favor it.

A group as large and well-educated as UAPD will never be of one mind on any issue.  But we will continue to identify points of common interest and develop a legislative agenda around those issues.  And as this last week has shown us, when we take on a political issue, we can get things done.

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