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UC Doctors Authorize Strike

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.

UAPD Files Charges Against University of California and Schedules Strike Authorization Votes on All Campuses

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.

CSU Bargaining Update

October 16, 2014

Bargaining between UAPD and California State University began with a meeting in May, and then talks were put on hold for the summer months.  Our contract, which normally would have expired on June 30th, has been extended, so all language remains in effect during negotiations.

The UAPD CSU Bargaining Team and the CSU Chancellor’s Office began meeting again on October 6th and 7th.  After two days of bargaining in Long Beach, we remain at odds about how to reach a settlement.  Our next meetings will take place on November 13th and 14th.
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Bills Helping DSH Signed into Law

September 30, 2014

For several years UAPD members and staff have been working to improve employee and patient safety at the Department of State Hospitals (DSH).  Alongside other unions representing DSH workers, UAPD has been promoting legislation aimed at curbing violence and assaults inside DSH.  Several of those bills were passed into law this year.  This is a major victory, and a significant step forward in our campaign to curb violence against doctors and other medical professionals.  It’s also an example of what can be accomplished when doctors, the UAPD and AFSCME legislative departments, and our professional staff work together as we have done here.
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UC Makes Unreasonable Offer to Doctors

September 17, 2014

The UAPD Bargaining Team had two negotiation sessions with the University last week. UC raised their initial 1.5% across-the-board salary offer to 2%, but said their offer is still for the first year only. In the subsequent three contract years, raises for student health center physicians and dentists would equal system-wide raises that non-unionized staff might receive, i.e., nothing is guaranteed. 

To put that in perspective, AFSCME-represented patient care workers will receive 19.5% in across-the-board increases in the next four years, plus a 2% step increase each year.  The UAPD team has proposed across-the-board raises for each year of the contract and step increases that are consistent with what other unionized workers have received.
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Receiver’s CDCR Layoff Memo Was Premature

July 3, 2014

Some Physicians working within the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation have received a memorandum from Receiver Clark Kelso regarding the reduced inmate population and the possibility of layoffs within California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS).

The layoffs mentioned in the memorandum are not official.  Neither the California Department of Human Resources (CalHR) nor UAPD have been noticed by the Receiver about the Phase II layoffs of Physicians.  CalHR has contacted the Receiver’s staff to advise them that their office has not yet begun the State Restriction of Appointments (SROA) process, nor have they proposed a layoff procedure to CalHR.  If and when that material arrives at the CalHR for review, that process can easily take 120 days.  UAPD will update members when more information is known.

UAPD Urges UC to Pick Up the Pace

May 22, 2014

UAPD’s bargaining team and UC management representatives have continued to meet for negotiations toward a first contract that will cover physicians, dentists, and podiatrists at the student health and counseling centers statewide. Unfortunately, after nine negotiation sessions, tentative agreements have been reached on only four basic contract articles, such as non-discrimination in employment.  The UAPD team is committed to completing the contract as soon as possible, but it has become increasingly apparent that the UC negotiators are dragging their feet.

Where appropriate contract language is consistently found across other UC unions’ collective bargaining agreements, UAPD has proposed that same language in an effort to reach a fair agreement in a timely way. We have been disappointed that UC has not taken this approach, instead insisting on negotiating the minutiae of every proposal. This is not the approach that employers take when they are seeking to reach a full agreement that respects employees’ value and service.

Recent UAPD proposals include annual paid CME time, reimbursement for CME costs, and a method for Limited Appointment and Contract appointments to convert to Career positions. Given the past few years’ experience with UCOP, the bargaining team has also spent significant time insisting on a regular forum for doctors to give input into the delivery of quality care at each student health center. The disastrous implementation of Point and Click provides a glaring example of the need for such input.

Four bargaining sessions scheduled for May will be held in Oakland, at both UCOP and UAPD headquarters.  We anticipate advancing salary proposals at that time.  We will continue urging the UC negotiators to pick up the pace, so doctors can have the contract we deserve without undue delay.

Some BU 16 Doctors Still Waiting for CME Payment

February 19, 2014

Most of the Bargaining Unit 16 doctors who are eligible to receive an automatic payout of $1000 in CME funds have received their checks from the State.   However, doctors in some facilities are still waiting for payment.  UAPD has contacted CalHR to urge them to work with the affected departments to issue those checks quickly.  We will update you about their response.
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Bargaining Update for UC Doctors

February 19, 2014

The UAPD Bargaining Team has met twice with the University of California management team. The team members are Amol Doshi, M.D. (UC San Diego), Sean Kennedy, M.D. (UC Davis), C. McDaniel, M.D. (UC Los Angeles), Jeffrey Nelson, M.D. (UC Berkeley), Harry Siemonsma, M.D. (UC Irvine), Al Groh (UAPD Executive Director), Jeff Duritz (UAPD Chief Negotiator), and Jake Baxter (UAPD Representative and Lead Organizer).  The team is negotiating a first contract for the student health and counseling center doctors (physicians, dentists, and podiatrists) at the ten UC campuses. The contract will cover salary, benefits, and all other terms and conditions of employment.

At the first session on January 29, the two sides agreed to ground rules that will govern the negotiations. At meeting on February 12, UAPD submitted several proposals, including job classification protections and union representative access. UC proposals included some standard benefits language, but also a provision that would allow the University to change the terms of retiree health and the pension during the term of our contract. The UAPD team is of course opposed to ceding this authority while a negotiated agreement is in force.

Additional bargaining sessions are scheduled for the end of February and mid-March. By the end of March, UAPD will submit economic proposals. UAPD will continue to send updates in order to keep everyone informed.

New CME Rules Go Into Effect for State BU 16

January 31, 2014

During the last negotiations, UAPD bargained new language regarding Continuing Medical Education (CME) payments for physicians, podiatrists, and dentists (Article 10.13).  The new language says that the State will automatically pay $1000 for CME to each full-time doctor (and a pro-rated amount for part time doctors) each fiscal year.  The new language phases out the cumbersome process doctors used to request CME reimbursement in the past.

The State and the Union have met several times since the contract was ratified in order to finalize details for implementing the new CME language.  Below is a summary of the most important aspects of that plan.
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