No Reopener for Alameda County

Doctors employed by Alameda County voted to reject the County’s request to reopen the current MOU, which does not expire until December of next year.  In seeking the reopener, the county asked members to consider waiving the 3% salary increase scheduled for this December and rolling over the contract for two more years without a pay increase.  They also wanted to increase employees’ out-of-pocket costs for Kaiser health insurance and decrease the out of pocket cost for the alternative (Pacific Care) plan.  In light of this, members opted to keep the contract closed until 2011.