Union of American Physicians & Dentists
standing up for doctors
When doctors organize, everyone benefits.
For Current Members
Find information about your UAPD contract as well as the latest news from your facility and other UAPD groups.
Those working at a facility represented by UAPD must fill out an application to become a member of UAPD.
Organize a New Union
Do you need a union to represent doctors and other providers where you work? Wondering how a new union is formed? Here’s where you start.
what uapd doctors gain
By forming a union can doctors gain a legally protected right to negotiate with their employers as equals. This gives doctors a true voice over their earnings, benefits, and working conditions.
UAPD has negotiated significant salary increases for its members in every bargaining unit that it represents.
UAPD has negotiated an average workweek of 40 hours in the facilities it represents.
UAPD has negotiated improvements on pension plans, health and dental insurance, educational leave, malpractice coverage, and other benefits for thousands of members.
Many UAPD contracts contain language to defend the professional judgment of doctors first in decision making.
Employers must show just-cause for discipline or termination, and doctors have a right to bring disputes before a neutral third-party arbitrator.
Founded by a private practice physician in 1972, UAPD has grown into the largest union representing licensed doctors in the United States. UAPD members work for state and county government, large healthcare organizations and small non-profit clinics, and in private practice. Affiliated with AFSCME and the AFL-CIO, UAPD brings the strength of the labor movement to the aid of working doctors in the interest of better medicine for all.
WHERE WE WORK
UAPD represents doctors and other providers in a growing number of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) in California. No group is too large or too small to have a union.
Large Health Systems
Doctors at the Washington-based Multicare are now part of UAPD.
UAPD represents all physicians and dentists employed by the State of California. This includes the thousands of doctors who work in state prisons, veterans homes, and mental health hospitals.
UAPD represents doctors working in many California counties, including Los Angeles County, the City and County of San Francisco, and Alameda County.
UAPD represents student health doctors working for the University of California and California State University.
In Private Practice
Private practice doctors from anywhere in the country can become part of our union.
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