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Ralph Coleman v. Gavin Newsom

June 7, 2019

This case deals with five misleading practices CDCR has been implementing and their push for psychiatric staff reductions.

Read UAPD’s amicus brief here

LA County UAPD Members Overwhelmingly Ratify New Contracts!

May 23, 2019

All three collective bargaining agreements between the Union of American Physicians and Dentists and Los Angeles County were overwhelmingly ratified by 95% “Yes” votes.

 

Bargaining Unit 301, Pharmacists
Bargaining Unit 324, Physicians & Veterinarians
Bargaining Unit 325, Psychiatrists and Dentists

 

Today, May 23rd, 2019, the results of both the electronic ratification polls and the paper ballots cast, were counted and tallied, at UAPD’s Southern California Office.

Witnessed and counted by bargaining unit members representing each bargaining unit, and UAPD Leadership and Staff, the sealed ballot boxes were broken & counted, and the electronic tally was reported and added, along with paper ballots that members had requested be mailed to them via U.S. Mail.

It is now up to everyone to ensure the contracts are upheld. Please keep a copy of your Memorandum of Understanding on hand at all times, once you receive the new copy.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact UAPD at your earliest convenience.

Stay Strong & United!

UAPD Puts CDCR on Notice

May 20, 2019
UAPD’s legal counsel of  Weinberg, Roger, and Rosenfeld sent out a firm “cease and desist” letter this week to CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz and Federal Receiver Clark Kelso. In the letter, UAPD has demanded that CDCR immediately stop any unilateral action on their part to change our members’ working conditions as specified in our MOU.
 
Specifically, we referred to recent member reports that their on-call schedule will be —or already has—changed. These proposed changes include forcing our members to work past their regular shifts and cover inmates from other nearby prisons. Also, that part-time physicians may be asked to take call. These are violations of our contract. Any such changes cannot be implemented without conferring with our union first or waiting until next year’s bargaining cycle. To implement these changes unilaterally or engage in “direct dealing” with our members would constitute an unfair labor practice.
 
If any of our members know of such mandates or actions by CDCR, please contact your steward, representative, or other UAPD staff. We will not stand idly by if these reports are true.

Unionized Physicians and Advanced Providers Win Back their Time and Money!

May 17, 2019

 The Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) demonstrated its power to affect positive change in its first two contract negotiations in Washington state.

Stalled in bargaining for two years with the Multicare health system, UAPD members of the Legacy Urgent Care centers had enough. They organized a large informational picket with other labor groups in Washington. After peppering the employer with notices, flyers and news articles about a humane closing policy Multicare acceded to UAPD’s demands just before the scheduled picket. They agreed to allow urgent care physicians and advanced providers to leave at the end of their twelve-hour shifts. This concession is a major victory for the safe delivery of urgent care in Washington state and beyond.

In another equally historic contract victory, UAPD persuaded Multicare to eliminate its salary withhold policy for physicians at Auburn (WA) Medical Center. The draconian salary withholds of 10-20% are a common practice for health care system employers in Washington and the rest of the US. The employer typically holds back a portion of a physician’s salary “in escrow” until the physician employee satisfies certain performance criteria. Facing a formal unfair labor practice charge filed by UAPD, Multicare retracted their withhold policy in a mass memorandum to their employees. UAPD is continuing to break new ground and negotiate for better working conditions in other many physician contracts in California and Washington.

UAPD President Stuart Bussey, MD, JD summed up “…these two great accomplishments are but a preview of what unions can do for physicians and providers in both private and public health systems. Our contracts improve patient safety and prevent physician burnout. It’s beyond time to organize and take back our profession from employers with a weak moral compass.”

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Online Voting for Los Angeles Contract Ratification Starts This Week

May 13, 2019

This Thursday, May 16th marks the beginning of the online voting period for the ratification of Los Angeles’ newest contract with UAPD. All Bargaining Unit 324, 325, and 301 members who have yet to vote shall be contacted with further details starting the day of. The deadline to place your vote is the following week on Thursday, May 23rd at 1 PM.

If you are currently not a member and would like to participate in the vote, sign up here.

If you have any questions regarding the new contract or have not received any email contact regarding the ratification vote, please contact our Southern California location at (310) 398-4038.