UAPD and AHS reached an agreement on a successor MOU. The new MOU is a three-year agreement from June 27, 2014 through June 30, 2017.
For the Dentists, there will be a 5% across the board increase dating back to the pay period closest to October 1, 2014, meaning that you will receive a retroactivity check once the MOU is approved by the AHS Board of Trustees. Market surveys will be conducted by AHS for wage reopeners in year two, July 2015, and year three, July 2016, for implementation of appropriate salary adjustments, if necessary. Market surveys will include information from Kaiser, salary.com, and the surrounding counties.
For the Benefited Psychiatrists and for the Night Emergency Psychiatrists covering the 1900-0700 psychiatric emergency room shift, there will be a 2.5% across the board increase dating back to the pay period closest to October 1, 2014, meaning that you will receive a retroactivity check once the MOU is approved by the AHS Board of Trustees. The SAN Psychiatrists previously negotiated rate increase of 24% will be made permanent. Market surveys will be conducted by AHS for wage reopeners in year two, July 2015, and year three, July 2016, for implementation of appropriate salary adjustments, if necessary. Market surveys will include information from Kaiser, salary.com, and the surrounding counties.
UAPD received notice that Traditions Behavioral Health and representatives of the County of Santa Clara had signed an agreement to immediately hire outside contractors to provide psychiatric services to the Main Jail, Elmwood Correctional Facility, and Elmwood Correctional Center for Women. At about the same time, two doctors currently employed in the Main Jail were told that starting in October, custodial health services will be performed by TBH contractors rather public employees.
UAPD has launched a comprehensive campaign to urge the County Supervisors to reject that agreement, and a large number of Santa Clara doctors have joined the fight. The County’s attempt to replace regular positions with contractors poses a direct threat to all Santa Clara doctor jobs and the services they provide to the community.
Los Angeles County Physicians (324), Psychiatrists and Dentists (325) and Pharmacists (301) are all at the table this month. One of the ways that an employer gauges the strength of a union during bargaining is by its membership rate — the percentage of people who have chosen to sign an application to become full members rather than remain fair share fee payers. Over the next few weeks, UAPD staff will be working across Los Angeles County to maximize our level of membership. LA County members are asked to give organizers a hand locating the non-members, and to speak to their colleagues about the importance of being a UAPD member. The contract we’re negotiating covers everyone — and the more people who become members, the better that contract will be.
Here is a brief update of where each group is in negotiations:
Alameda County currently has over a 50% vacancy rate among Physician llls and is spending $190 per hour on locum tenens to provide some coverage. Last fiscal year alone, the County spent $1.55 million dollars on locum coverage. To explain the vacancy rate, the UAPD bargaining team presented management with comparisons between doctor salaries in Alameda County and elsewhere in the Bay Area. Alameda County is at the bottom of the list when recent salary increases in San Mateo, San Francisco, Santa Clara, and Kaiser are taken into account. In fact, Alameda County is about 15%-20% below the market when compared to those employers.
UAPD members at NEVHC delivered 10 pages of petitions to the Chief Medical Officer & CEO. The petitions, signed by NEVHC providers & staff, protested the unjust termination of a veteran NEVHC provider with 25 years of loyal service to the community. This is how we stand up for one another!
On August 11th the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted in favor of integrating the existing health care departments into a single agency. More than 25 UAPD members, doctors and pharmacists, testified in favor of integration before the vote took place. Many more took time to write letters to the Supervisors and sign petitions in favor of the integration.
UAPD believes that all members in Los Angeles County stand to benefit from integration. A single agency is better for County workers, patients, and the bottom line — it is simply a good idea.
However, the integration plan faced opposition, most of which was organized by outside contractors who fear that their business with the County will decrease if services are brought together under one agency staffed by permanent County employees. There were hundreds of people on hand at the meeting who opposed the plan. But the County Board of Supervisors also heard from from UAPD members about the benefits of integration. Doctors and pharmacists gave dozens of concrete examples of how integration can improve patient care while saving money.
This was the first time that the Los Angeles County physician unit, dentist and psychiatrist unit, and pharmacist unit were able to join forces to achieve a goal. But it won’t be the last — we are sure that there will be many more opportunities for these UAPD members to work together in the future.
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.
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.