Bargaining Update for June 18, 2008

The UAPD Bargaining Team met with representatives from the State of California for the second time on Wednesday, June 18, 2008. The following topics were among those discussed:

  • On-Call — The UAPD Bargaining Team invited three CDCR physicians to the table to describe the excessive on-call requirements that some State Doctors face. Speaking on behalf of UAPD were Dr. John Dunlap (Folsom State Prison), Dr. Victor Gomez (California Institute for Men – Chino) and Dr. James Wedell (California State Prison – Sacramento). Management’s Bargaining Team seemed surprised to hear that in some facilities, an on-call doctor can receive as many as forty calls in a single night. The UAPD Bargaining Team continues to examine new ways to organize and compensate on-call work to make the system more manageable for doctors, and will make a specific proposal in a later bargaining session.
  • State Disability – At the request of the UAPD Bargaining Team, representatives of the State of California gave a presentation on the State Disability Insurance (SDI) Program. The UAPD Bargaining Team is comparing SDI to the Non-Industrial Insurance (NDI) program to which State Doctors currently belong to decide which better serves the needs of our members. The team will update members about its conclusions in the coming weeks.
  • Outside Contractors – The UAPD Team continues to push the State to provide information about contractors doing bargaining unit work.
  • Continuing Medical Education (CME) & Discipline of State Doctors – Discussion continued on both topics.

The State provided several proposals to modify contract language, and proposed that both sides agree to maintain a number of other articles without changes. The UAPD Team caucused to consider the State’s proposals, and will continue to study them before issuing a response.