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AHS Doctors Authorized to Strike

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.

LA County Doctors Discuss Department Merger

March 30, 2015

Los Angeles County Supervisors are considering a plan to merge the county’s public health department and its mental health agency with the Department of Health Services, which now runs county hospitals and clinics.  How will UAPD members fit into the plan?  How could these changes affect doctor jobs?  UAPD is holding a series of townhall meetings to discuss these issue with doctors.  In these townhalls, UAPD President Dr. Stuart Bussey has been joined by representatives from the County’s Office of Health Care Integation, which is tasked with crafting the proposal for the health agency model.  A meeting was held at Harbor UCLA on March 18th.  The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, April 22nd at 11:30 am – 1:30 pm at the Olive View Medical Center in the Doctors Conference Room (Cafeteria).  At Olive View Dr. Bussey will be joined by Christina R. Ghaly, M.D. (Director of Health Care Integration) and Carol Meyer, BSN, MPA (Community Outreach Coordinator).

“Manpower Shortage” Increases Go Into Effect

February 1, 2015

Since the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, doctors have been in high demand.  During the last round of negotiations, UAPD argued strenuously that the Los Angeles County Department of Health Services (DHS) was underpaying many of its doctors, making recruitment and retention difficult.  As a result of these conversations, the County recently agreed to increase the salaries for DHS Family Practice and Internal Medicine doctors using the County’s Manpower Shortage provisions. This is great news all-around.

Specifically, all DHS Family Practice and Internal Medicine doctors not yet at Step 10 in the salary schedule will be moved to Step 10, retroactive back to January 1, 2015.  In addition, all Family Practice and Internal Medicine doctors will receive a 10% increase.  The DHS Human Resources department mailed letters to individuals who will be receiving the raise.

Difficult Negotiatons with AHS

December 22, 2014

Alameda Health Systems’ persistent failure to be prepared for bargaining sessions shows disrespect to the UAPD membership and the bargaining process.  Bargaining has been cancelled four times due to lack of preparation on the part of AHS.

In addition, AHS has failed to provide vital information necessary for the Union to prepare and respond to proposals.  Only recently did the team finally receive a comprehensive wage proposal from AHS.  That wage proposal is so complicated and fragmented, that even the AHS team had trouble explaining it.

Click here to read an important bargaining update from the UAPD Bargaining Team at Alameda Health System (AHS), which gives details of the substandard offer from AHS.

UAPD and Alameda Health Services Far Apart in Bargaining

December 4, 2014

Alameda Health Services has shown itself to be ill-prepared to bargain with UAPD doctors.  Over the last few months, they have cancelled four sessions of bargaining with UAPD.  AHS has also failed to provide vital information necessary for the Union to prepare and respond to proposals.  Last week, UAPD finally received a comprehensive wage proposal, but it was both complicated and fragmented.  AHS proposes creating a convoluted system for granting lump sum quarterly bonuses to doctors, dependent on various measures, including productivity standards that even management agreed are impossible to reach.  AHS is against granting any base wage increases for UAPD physicians, despite the recently negotiated increases for OakCare doctors, who will receive an 18% increase in the next 24 months.  The UAPD bargaining team is communicating with members to gather reactions to the AHS proposal.

Read more about: Alameda Health Services

Gardner Begins E/PERC Meetings

October 18, 2014

Gardner providers had their first E/PERC Committee meeting on October 16, 2014. Union members and management came together to discuss several issues impacting providers’ schedules and workloads. This E/PERC shall be an ongoing committee between labor and management, which will convene to address Medicine, Dental, and Optometry.  The first meeting focused on Medicine’s scheduling templates, work flow, and best practices.  Read more …

Read more about: Featured, Gardner Family Health

Next CCSF Raise

October 12, 2014

Classes 2230, 2232, and 2233 will receive salary increases ranging from 10.8% at the highest Steps to 12.1% for Steps 3 through 5, effective January 3, 2015.

These raises are the final installment of increases that your bargaining team successfully fought for in UAPD’s 2012-2015 contract with the City. As always, hourly and annualized pay for all Steps can be found on the City’s Classification and Compensation website: http://www.sfdhr.org/index.aspx?page=32

Negotiations for a successor contract will begin in early spring. A bargaining survey will be distributed to all Union members via email at that time.

Message from UAPD’s AHS Bargaining Committee

September 12, 2014

Your UAPD Committee has been meeting with AHS Management weekly since August to negotiate a new contract for the UAPD physicians and dentists.  So far, we have proposed improvements to tuition reimbursement; increased educational leave; board certification fee reimbursement; improvements to health and leave benefits; and, most importantly, protected administrative time and patient panel caps for Ambulatory Care physicians.   In two weeks UAPD will be submitting a comprehensive wage proposal, which will include both cost of living and market adjustments.   Initially, the deadline for proposals was set for next week, however, AHS requested to extend the deadline to September 24th because they “had to make a few changes to their economic proposal after identifying and correcting an error in the physician data.”

Management has advanced several proposals, most of which consist of “clean-up” language that addresses employer mandates under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  However, two of their proposals aim to reduce the legal rights of the Union and of the doctors – contrary to state and federal laws.  So, we anticipate management’s wage proposal to be another weapon against UAPD represented doctors, so be prepared for a fight!

Santa Clara Contract Approved

July 14, 2014

With unanimous support, UAPD members approved the tentative agreement on Wednesday.  The County Board of Supervisors will hold an emergency meeting on Tuesday, July 15, 2014 for the first hearing and vote.  The second reading will occur on August 5, 2014.  Two readings are required before the BOS for County ratification.

Salary increases will be effective retroactively to July 7, 2014.

Read more about: Santa Clara County

TA reached in Santa Clara County

July 3, 2014

On July 2nd, the UAPD Bargaining Team in Santa Clara County reached a tentative agreement with their employer during mandatory mediation.  Mediation was scheduled after doctors in the unit voted to reject an offer made by the County in April.   A major issue of contention was the County’s demand for language that would allow them to unilaterally assign shift and location coverage to doctors whenever operationally necessary.  Instead, the County has agreed to offer premium pay for night and weekend shifts in its 24-hour facilities in order to recruit volunteers to work those shifts.  Also as a result of the agreement, all members will receive a 9.5% increase over the next two years plus an additional increase of 6.491% in exchange for picking up the employee contribution to retirement (all salary increases and differentials will be based on the new base salary, which includes the 6.491% increase).  The tentative agreement contains other significant economic gains, including moving many doctors to a higher classification with an additional 4.5% increase.  The Santa Clara Bargaining Team has encouraged UAPD members to approve this contract.

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