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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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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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State Barganing Unit 16 Contract Now Online

December 19, 2013

The new contract for state-employed doctors has been finalized.  You can download the new contract here (PDF) and read a summary of it here.  A paper copy will be mailed to UAPD members in January.

New BU16 CERBT Deduction Explained

September 10, 2013

UAPD has received a number of calls from doctors indicating that there is some confusion about a new paycheck deduction for State Bargaining Unit 16 doctors, which is labeled as BU16 CERBT on the paystub.

BU16 CERBT is the “Prefunding of Post-Retirement Health Benefits” deduction.  It is money that the State collects now in order to offset the cost of health care benefits when upon retirement.  In this way, doctors and the State are sharing the responsibility for prefunding retiree health benefits.  Negotiated in the previous agreement (2010), the contribution of 0.5% of base salary was scheduled to go into effect July 1, 2012.  However, when UAPD entered into negotiations with the State regarding the Personal Leave Program of 2012, part of that agreement was to delay the effective date one year, until July 1, 2013.

Because of rapidly rising premiums, paying for the health care benefits of future retirees is of great concern to many employers today.  Requiring current employees to contribute a small amount towards funding their future health benefits is considered a better option than seeing those benefits slashed or eliminated.  If BU 16 members have any questions or comments, they should feel free to contact a UAPD labor representative.

New State BU 16 Contract Approved by UAPD Members

August 26, 2013

UAPD members in State Bargaining Unit 16 voted overwhelmingly in favor of approving the Tentative Agreement reached with the State on August 9, 2013.  95% of the votes were in favor of ratification.

Having been ratified by members, the new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) must be approved by the State Legislature before it can go into effect.  UAPD will update members about that process as more information becomes known.

Click here to read a summary of the new agreement.

Bargaining Update for State BU 16

August 5, 2013

There have been seven bargaining sessions since May, with the latest one taking place on August 1st.  During those meetings, the UAPD Bargaining Team has given detailed presentations in support of the proposals that the Union has made.  The team has been joined at the table by doctors from several departments, who gave additional input on the proposals concerning salary equity, professional judgment, and flexible schedules, among others.

Tentative agreements have been reached on a few new items, including language that extends the deadline for using accrued Personal Leave Program (PLP) days until June 2016.  UAPD doctors who travel on state business will receive a $2 per meal increase in their per diem payments, as well as an increase in the state hotel rate.  In addition, both sides have agreed to many small modifications to bring the contract up to date.
The next bargaining session will be on Friday August 9th, and UAPD members will be updated shortly thereafter.
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UAPD BU 16 Starts Negotiations with the State

June 13, 2013

On May 22 negotiations for the new Bargaining Unit 16 Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) began between the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) and the State of California.  The second meeting took place on June 11.

The UAPD Bargaining Team consists of:

  • Ron Lewis, M.D. – Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Correctional Health Care Services (Ironwood State Prison)
  • Mubashir Farooqi, M.D. – Department of State Hospitals (Patton State Hospital)
  • Brian Kennedy, D.D.S. – Department of Public Health and Department of Health Care Services (Rancho Cordova office)
  • Pitr Conroy, M.D. – Department of Developmental Services (Sonoma Developmental Center)
  • Jay Flocks, M.D. – Department of Social Services (San Diego Branch)
  • Zegory A. Williams – Chief Negotiator, UAPD
  • Stuart A. Bussey, M.D., J.D. –  President, UAPD
  • Al W. Groh – Executive Director, UAPD
  • Steve Cook — Labor Representative, UAPD
  • Nereyda Rivera — Labor Representative, UAPD

An Overview of UAPD Proposals

On the first day of negotiations, the UAPD team presented its first 14 proposals.  Based on feedback from UAPD members and their familiarity with issues that affect the unit, the team plans to make proposals on the following issues during this round of bargaining. Read more …

BU 16 Doctors and PLP Scheduling

July 15, 2012

Each full time employee will be credited with eight (8) hours of Personal Leave Program time (PLP 2012) on the first day of each pay period beginning July 2012 and continuing for twelve (12) consecutive pay periods afterward.

PLP  2012 must be used in the month in which it is earned.  PLP 2012 shall be requested and used by the employee in the same manner as vacation or annual leave.  If the employee has not submitted a PLP 2012 leave request by the 20th of the month in which PLP 2012 is accrued, the time shall be scheduled by his/her supervisor. When this is not operationally feasible, PLP 2012 shall be used before any other leave except sick leave.  The terms of this PLP 2012 will be subject to the terms described in Article 9.22 (Personal Leave Program 2010) in the UAPD Bargaining Unit 16 MOU.

Employees currently enrolled in the Voluntary Personal Leave Program (VPLP) will have the ability to opt out of VPLP during the month of July 2012.

 

Bargaining Unit 16 Reaches New Agreement with State

June 22, 2012

After several meetings, UAPD  reached a side-letter agreement with the State of California regarding the 2012-2013 budget.  Because the overwhelming majority of UAPD members who participated in the online survey and telephone town hall meeting said they preferred taking some form of personal leave days rather than the 38-hour work week originally proposed by the Governor,  UAPD fought to shape the agreement along those lines.  Almost every member agreed that the concessions should expire at the end of the budgetary year, and that they should not affect retirement benefits now or in the future.  We were able to secure those terms as well.  While no one likes making concessions, the team hopes that members will be consoled by the fact that they  have taken the least-objectionable form.

In exchange, UAPD has been granted two improvements.  The first is a one-year postponement of members’ 0.5% contribution towards retiree health care, which was originally scheduled to start July 1, 2012.  The second is a promising new committee charged with resolving the contractor problem that plagues many of the departments where doctors work.  Please read on for more details.

UAPD members are invited to participate in a telephone town hall meeting on this topic Wednesday, June 27th, at 7 pm.  Further information about the call will be emailed to members who have a current e-mail address on file with UAPD.

Details of the 5% Side Letter Agreement

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UAPD Helps Defeat Salary Cap Bill

April 27, 2012

UAPD legislative staff spoke in opposition to SB 1368 (Anderson) before a Senate committee in April.  The bill sought to cap the earnings of all State workers at the governor’s salary.  UAPD argued that the cap would put the State completely out of step with the job market for doctors, making it impossible for the State to employ doctors and other professionals.  After the testimony, the Senate committee voted down the bill 7-6.

You can read more about the bill here.

UAPD is positioning itself for further attacks on State salaries this year.  The notion of a salary cap could reemerge in another bill or as part of the budget later in the year.  UAPD will continue to monitor the situation in the Capitol closely, and keep UAPD members informed.

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