BU 16 On-Call Assignment Now Less Onerous for Some Institutions

Bargaining Unit 16 employees at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation are starting to see some relief from high call volumes and workloads that have been stretching the limits of what can be considered a reasonable expectation for after-hours Physician On-Call assignments.

Building on newly negotiated contract language, “mini-MOD” assignments are being tested at Central California Women’s Facility, CSP-Los Angeles County, Mule Creek State Prison, Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, California Institute for Men, Kern Valley State Prison, and Salinas Valley State Prison. 

Members—and represented BU 16 employees—who are not currently part of the testing should contact their UAPD steward or union representative to discuss the viability of bringing this new MOD to your facility. 

If you are not a member of the union, please use this link to become one. High union density enables employees, including BU 16 doctors, to bargain over issues that impact working conditions and patient care.

In addition, UAPD has used provisions of the contract to make recommendations to allow telemedicine providers to volunteer for an additional appointment. Already Telemedicine is providing after-hours coverage from 16:00 to 20:00 hours, Monday through Friday at Correctional Treatment Facility. It is expected that this will provide some relief to on-site providers and help in retaining and recruiting new on-site doctors concerned with work-life balance. Future expansion of the practice will depend on staffing levels and operational needs.

Lastly, providers should be aware that the use of laptops while On-Call is optional and at your discretion. If you are encountering any intimidation from your managers do not hesitate to reach out to UAPD.