Los Angeles County Physicians (BU 324) Summary of Tenative Agreement

The following agreement goes into affect once ratified by members and approved by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.  Ballots have been sent to UAPD members, and are due back by October 29, 2009.  The UAPD Bargaining Team unanimously recommends ratification of the agreement.

Term: 2 year (Oct. 1, 2009 thru Sept. 30, 2011)

Salary Step: 3% step increase effective July 1, 2010

3% step increase effective July 1, 2011

Fringe Benefits: 2 year agreement maintains all provisions – including paid holidays, sick days and vacation days – and funds health care inflation for most medical and dental plans in 2010 and provides significant increases for 2011.

Improvements: -New CME language – Physicians are allowed 10 days for approved CME

New work schedule language makes management responsible to arrange duty coverage for approved time off

-New meet & consult language requires County to review existing

medical specialties category for possible expansion

-New language emphasizing equitable distribution of overtime

-New enhanced job security protection language pertaining to contracting out

-Renewed emphasis for Labor/Management Committees to address   workplace issues like parking, office space, security, the new electronic time card, staffing, recruitment/retention, overtime, workload and relationships with medical schools.

Good News: No lay offsNo work furloughs No salary cuts

Overview: The County found money to give employees in the form of benefit enhancements rather than wage increases – allowing County employees represented by Unions affiliated with the Coalition of County Unions (CCU) to maintain their standard of living during this difficult recession.

Although the County is in difficult financial times with diminishing tax revenue from local economy and funding hits from the State of California, we fought not to lose anything and look forward to working with the County over the next few years to find solutions needed to keep services flowing to the greater L. A. community.