The UAPD Board has approved a request by Alameda Healthcare Services (AHS) doctors to go on strike against their employer. During the strike authorization vote among UAPD members at AHS, 98% of them voted in favor of a strike. AHS doctors will be meeting soon to plan details of a strike. Meeting information has been sent to AHS members.
Doctors are angry that AHS managers have been negotiating in bad faith for months, and are trying to tie pay to unfair measures aimed at cutting patient time with doctors. AHS insists that its employed doctors meet the standards of private hospital doctors, while providing the doctors with neither the infrastructure nor the support to provide the most efficient patient care. Rather than squeeze its current staff, AHS must do more to recruit and retain enough doctors to see patients in a timely manner.