After several meetings, UAPD reached a side-letter agreement with the State of California regarding the 2012-2013 budget. Because the overwhelming majority of UAPD members who participated in the online survey and telephone town hall meeting said they preferred taking some form of personal leave days rather than the 38-hour work week originally proposed by the Governor, UAPD fought to shape the agreement along those lines. Almost every member agreed that the concessions should expire at the end of the budgetary year, and that they should not affect retirement benefits now or in the future. We were able to secure those terms as well. While no one likes making concessions, the team hopes that members will be consoled by the fact that they have taken the least-objectionable form.
In exchange, UAPD has been granted two improvements. The first is a one-year postponement of members’ 0.5% contribution towards retiree health care, which was originally scheduled to start July 1, 2012. The second is a promising new committee charged with resolving the contractor problem that plagues many of the departments where doctors work. Please read on for more details.
UAPD members are invited to participate in a telephone town hall meeting on this topic Wednesday, June 27th, at 7 pm. Further information about the call will be emailed to members who have a current e-mail address on file with UAPD.