April 18, 2017
We would like to congratulate the providers at MultiCare Legacy Urgent Care Centers who voted by an overwhelming margin to join UAPD. By a 43-7 vote, Legacy providers sent a resounding message that they want collective bargaining rights and a voice in providing care to patients.
Now begins the process of better understanding the specific priorities of Legacy providers so we can start contract negotiations as soon as possible. In the next week, Legacy providers will receive a bargaining survey that will help us evaluate their concerns on compensation, working hours, benefits, and other issues.
UAPD is excited to begin preparing to negotiate a contract for Legacy providers, and will continue working to unionize providers at MultiCare and other institutions.
March 24, 2017
Doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants working for Indigo Urgent Care and MultiCare Legacy Urgetn Care clinics filed union recognition petitions with the National Labor Relations Board in March. Kate Martin covered the growing momentum to unionize Washington State doctors in The News Tribune.
March 24, 2017
On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, the UAPD Bargaining Team reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) on a new Memorandum of Understanding with the State of California. The new agreement will was ratified by UAPD members and will go into effect once approved by the State Legislature.
UAPD was the last union to settle a contract with the State of California because the Bargaining Team refused to accept the substandard proposals the State kept giving them. The membership gave the team the power to stand firm with an overwhelmingly positive strike authorization vote. Member energy and member outrage were instrumental in making the State come around on several key issues in the final days. While the tentative agreement did not go as far as the team had hoped in some areas, it was worthy of recommending to the membership, who ratified it by a strong margin. You can read more details of the agreement here.
March 24, 2017
The UAPD contract guaranteed lump-sum payments for student health center doctors, giving retroactive raises for the period during which contract negotiations took place. The ten campuses issued these payments at various times in the months after bargaining concluded. Soon after, UAPD heard from members at several campuses who were concerned they had not received the full amount they were due.
To address that concern, UAPD first reached a common understanding with UCOP on the correct methodology to calculate the retroactive payments. The Union eventually secured spreadsheets from the payroll departments on each campus showing the methodologies they used and the results. The Union did a detailed audit of those calculations, which showed that while a few campuses had calculated the payments correctly, most campuses had made mistakes resulting in underpayments to doctors. Those underpayments ranged from $3.82 (for people who were first employed late in the retroactive period) to $8,737 (for someone whose retroactive payment and a subsequent raise were completely missed).
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March 15, 2017
After 13 bargaining sessions over last 6 months, the UAPD Bargaining Team reached a tentative agreement with Santa Cruz County on January 31, 2017. The new contract went into effect in March after being ratified by by the UAPD membership and approved by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors.
The new agreement provides:
- A new top salary step (4% increase from the previous step) effective the first full pay period after Board of Supervisor approval.
- Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for all classifications of 2.5%, 2.75% and 2.75%.
- Equity adjustment for psychiatrists of 2%, 2%, and 1.75%.
- A new board certification differential of 2.5% effective April 7, 2018. Read more …