UAPD and MultiCare Health System met for the second day of negotiations on Thursday February 9. Over the course of two bargaining sessions, UAPD had eight physician members directly participating at the table. Over the course of these two dates, both parties traded proposals on contractual and procedural topics. UAPD has passed proposals on a recognition clause, grievance process, leaves of absences, successorship, whistleblower protections, discipline assuring a “Just cause” standard and more. Discussions at the table have been respectful and informative.
One continuing and important topic is the question of which doctors are to be included in the bargaining unit. From day one UAPD has been committed to defining the bargaining unit appropriately. During the the union election process, MHS attempted to put more physicians into the unit than UAPD thought appropriate. MHS lists have ranged from over 144 physicians to 77. The good news is that we are discussing this Issue at the table and hopefully will be able to come to an agreement soon.
Your UAPD Negotiation Team will work hard to get all of the contract AMC doctors clearly deserve. And we will continue to update you after each negotiation session and when issues arise.