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Press Coverage of UAPD Strike Against UC

January 29, 2015

Dozens of newspapers sent reporters and photographers to cover the story.  Here is some of the coverage so far:

The story was covered extensively by TV news and radio stations up and down the state.  Some stations have already posted videos:

KTTV Los Angeles
KABC Los Angeles
Fox 5 San Diego
7 San Diego
CBS 8 San Diego

Last but not least, the UAPD strike got 3500 “Likes” on Facebook!

 

UC Strike Called for January 27th

January 20, 2015

Download Strike Flyer – Picket and Rally Locations (PDF)

FAQ for Striking Doctors (PDF)

Press Release Picket Line Locations (PDF)

Press Release Ten Day Notice (PDF)

The Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) has given the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) notice that doctors employed by its student health centers will hold a one-day Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike on Tuesday, January 27th, starting at 7:30 am.

The student health doctors, who organized their union with UAPD in 2013, are currently bargaining with UC for a first contract.  In a series of membership meetings in December, over 90% of the student health doctors voted in favor of striking.

UAPD has filed multiple ULP charges against UC with the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB).  UC’s behavior has made it impossible to reach a fair agreement at the negotiating table, even after a full year of negotiations, 41 bargaining sessions, and the UAPD team’s continuous effort to find middle ground.

“A ULP strike is the only way to compel UC to follow the laws that govern bargaining,” explained UAPD President Stuart A. Bussey, M.D..  “Unfortunately, UC has a history of disrespecting workers during negotiations, and we’re no exception to that.”

Charles McDaniel, M.D., a psychiatrist who works at UCLA, said, “We organized a union so that UC would respect doctors, and take seriously its obligation to provide health care, including adequate mental health services, to the students.  We have been trying to reach an agreement at the bargaining table, but UC’s ongoing unfair labor practices are standing in the way of that.”

Pace Quickens in CSU Bargaining

December 22, 2014

Bargaining between UAPD and California State University (CSU) has progressed more quickly in the last few weeks, with tentative agreements (TAs) being reached on several non-economic proposals.  The following changes will go into effect only once a final agreement is reached and ratified by the membership:

  • Probation:   The team TA’d on language that says time worked by a part-time employee can be counted towards the probationary period for a full-time job.  Also, any employee on probation can request a review after one year, when the President or designee can make the employment permanent.  Before this change in language, part-time employees had no guarantee that their time would count towards a permanent position, and the probation period was a mandatory two years.
  • Pre-Discipline has been changed to Progressive Discipline, which is defined in the contract.  CSU has to follow a more formal set of guidelines under Progressive Discipline, giving greater protection to doctors.
  • Alternative Work Schedule:  Employees are now allowed to request alternate work schedules, with approval subject to mutual agreement by the employee and the President or designee.  Before this language change, management did not have to respond to employee requests for alternate schedules.
  • Safety Committee:  At each campus UAPD can designate a member to participate on the campus-wide Safety Committee in order to represent the interests of unit employees.
  • Contracting Out:  Language has been strengthened so that the Union can meet and confer over the impact of any contract that lasts more than one year.  Previous language stated that the Union could meet and confer only about contracts that lasted “over a long period of time,” a vague standard which made it hard to hold CSU accountable for its contracting behavior.

The non-economic items still awaiting agreement include a Joint Labor Management Committee and a Specialty Compensation Study.  The details of these will be made public after they have been agreed upon by UAPD and CSU.

As for the economic proposals, the team was not satisfied with what CSU initially offered as a compensation package for doctors.  UAPD asked the Chancellor’s Office to request more funding that will not just cover general salary increases, but also raise the floor for those with the lowest pay as well as provide some kind of longevity bonus.  The team has also asked for a board certification bonus and more compensation for Professional Development.

While both sides are moving steadily towards an agreement, no timeline can be given until after CSU issues its next economic proposal.  The he next bargaining session will take place in mid-January.

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.

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