Court Rules in Favor of State Physicians Regarding Increased Workload


The UAPD has won a major victory regarding the unfair labor practice charged filed on June 29, 2022. The charge was filed on behalf of CDCR physicians for the State’s failure to bargain in good faith with the UAPD before implementing an Integrated Substance Use Disorder Treatment (ISUDT) program and Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT) program.

No consideration was given from the State for the physicians who would be responsible for the additional work and hours required to implement new substance abuse treatment programs. This resulted in our members working increased hours without receiving additional pay. To date, one of the primary issues facing our members at CDCR is increased workload – mainly related to the MAT program.

With this decision, the UAPD will be able to negotiate backpay for BU16 physicians—subject to a 7% interest rate. This victory gives our members and your bargaining committee more power at the table to renegotiate additional workload with the State as they continue to roll out new programs without hiring more physicians or offering more pay.

Additionally, this ruling provides more evidence to support the current grievance filed against CCHCS regarding workload increases.

This has provided a voice for our physicians a time when they need it most. This is what being a union member can accomplish!