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Tacoma Paper Covers Union Drive

September 24, 2016

The News Tribune today printed an article entitled “Auburn Medical Center doctors working to unionize physicians.”  From that article:

Neil Partain, a hospitalist at the Auburn hospital, agreed that a union seems potentially the most effective option for becoming part of Multicare administrative decisions.

“We’ve slowly learned that if we want to stay relevant with how patients are taken care of and the decisions that are made within the organization, we have to be able to come together as one voice and be heard by the company,” said Partain, who has been with Multicare for three years.

The article also quotes Dr. Virginia Stowell, who delineates some of the goals of this unionization effort:
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A Message for the Doctors of Tacoma

September 10, 2016

UAPD President Dr. Stuart Bussey has a message for doctors working in the Tacoma Washington region.  You can read that message here.

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Register Now — Statewide Meetings in San Francisco

August 22, 2016

As you are making your plans for the fall, consider joining UAPD members at our annual meeting on Saturday, October 15, 2016.  All events will take place at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront.

You can see more details and register for all events online here.

Steward Training:  Those who are stewards or bargaining team members are encouraged to attend a Steward Training that begins Saturday October 15th at 8 am.  The training is intended for both new and experienced leaders. We’ll talk about your contract, how to investigate possible grievances, and what to do when one of your colleagues faces discipline.  UAPD pays travel and Friday night hotel costs for stewards and bargaining team members who attend this training.

Statewide Membership Meetings:  Membership meetings begin at 9:30 am on Saturday, October 15th.  Separate meetings will be held for each sector of the union (State, County/Clinic, UC/CSU, Retiree, Private Practice), followed by a brief meeting of the whole group.

Free CME/CE:  At 11 am on Saturday, we’ll hold the next installment in our CME/CE series, entitled “Big Data to Hands-On Care.” California is home to some cutting edge medical and dental research. People are crunching trillions of pieces of health-related data and coming up with effective new treatments for patients. Entitled “Big Data to Hands-On Care,” our CME will bring together leaders in the field, many of whom live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area. Download the CME/CE flyer here.

You can see more details and register for all events online here.


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State Bargaining Update 8/19/16 – No Deal

August 19, 2016

Our goal as a team is to get the best possible contract for doctors, one which addresses the economic and non-economic issues that many of you have raised. We wanted to reach a tentative agreement with the State by the end of this week, so that the Legislature could approve it before leaving for its summer recess. We have met 25 times over the last 4 months trying to do just that. More than a dozen doctors from every department have joined us at the bargaining table, to give thoughtful, well-documented presentations on the biggest problems that members of our union face. Read more …

State Bargaining Update 8/8/16

August 8, 2016

As we go further along in the bargaining process, the State is bringing forward more information to address the workplace concerns we’ve raised at the table. For instance, we had further discussion of the lack of appropriate break areas, especially within CDCR. The State said redesigned CDCR facilities would incorporate break rooms for doctors’ work areas. In a separate discussion, DSS management clarified that the rules that restrict the number of people on leave at the same time were being misinterpreted in some branches. They agreed to educate managers about the fact that more than 25% of doctors in a branch can be on leave simultaneously. Read more …

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