UC Doctors Win Historic First Contract

July 20, 2015

After 16 months of negotiations that included 53 bargaining sessions and two strikes, doctors at the UC Student Health Centers settled their first contract with the University of California in June.  Doctors ratified the agreement on July 20th.  While it was a long and difficult negotiation, the team won language that will significantly improve conditions for all UC doctors.  All doctors’ pay will increase by at least 7.1% within two weeks of ratification.  Moreover, the doctors succeeded in making their first raise retroactive to last year, regaining the money that was on hold while negotiations were ongoing.   The contract also set a new minimum salary and brought all doctors up to that level, with retroactivity to last year.  UC had long resisted setting a minimum salary for current employees and making the initial raises retroactive.  However, doctors showed a steadfastness throughout this long process that convinced UC they had no choice.

In addition to the economic improvements, the TA contains language to help doctors navigate the increasingly difficult campus health environment.  For one, the large number of “contract” physicians who were working half-time or more have now been made permanent “career” employees with all the benefits and protections that includes.  As unionized workers, all doctors will have protections against unfair discipline or dismissal, as well as a strong grievance procedure to make sure all of the contract terms are enforced.  Doctors will also be able to call regular meetings with health center management to discuss problems before they get out of hand.  All in all, the Agreement is a very positive first step for student health and counseling center doctors.

Gardner Providers Approve Contract

June 9, 2015

On Thursday, May 28th UAPD Gardner Family Health Network members overwhelmingly ratified the agreement reached between the union and GFHN.  Later that evening, the GFHN Board of Trustees also approved it, so it will be in effect until June 30, 2018.

A summary of the agreement has been mailed to members.  UAPD reminds its members to use or rollover additional continuing education funds before the end of the calendar year.

New CSU Contract Is Here

May 8, 2015

The contract covering California State University (CSU) doctors is now available online.

UAPD Calls More Strikes Against UC

April 3, 2015

On April 2nd, UAPD gave the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) formal notice that we will hold an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike in Southern California as well as Northern California.  On the Southern California campuses (Los Angeles, San Diego, Irvine, Riverside, and Santa Barbara), the strike will begin on Saturday, April 11th at 7:00 am and end on Wednesday April 15th at 7:00 am.  All Southern California doctors will return for their regular shifts on Wednesday April 15th.

As previously announced, for Northern California campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and Merced), the strike will start on Thursday, April 9th, at 7:00 am, run through the weekend, and end Monday, April 13th at 7:00 am.  All Northern California doctors will return for their regular shifts on Monday, April 13th.

Picket line times and locations.

Here is a FAQ for strikers.

UAPD Urges UC to Pick Up the Pace

May 22, 2014

UAPD’s bargaining team and UC management representatives have continued to meet for negotiations toward a first contract that will cover physicians, dentists, and podiatrists at the student health and counseling centers statewide. Unfortunately, after nine negotiation sessions, tentative agreements have been reached on only four basic contract articles, such as non-discrimination in employment.  The UAPD team is committed to completing the contract as soon as possible, but it has become increasingly apparent that the UC negotiators are dragging their feet.

Where appropriate contract language is consistently found across other UC unions’ collective bargaining agreements, UAPD has proposed that same language in an effort to reach a fair agreement in a timely way. We have been disappointed that UC has not taken this approach, instead insisting on negotiating the minutiae of every proposal. This is not the approach that employers take when they are seeking to reach a full agreement that respects employees’ value and service.

Recent UAPD proposals include annual paid CME time, reimbursement for CME costs, and a method for Limited Appointment and Contract appointments to convert to Career positions. Given the past few years’ experience with UCOP, the bargaining team has also spent significant time insisting on a regular forum for doctors to give input into the delivery of quality care at each student health center. The disastrous implementation of Point and Click provides a glaring example of the need for such input.

Four bargaining sessions scheduled for May will be held in Oakland, at both UCOP and UAPD headquarters.  We anticipate advancing salary proposals at that time.  We will continue urging the UC negotiators to pick up the pace, so doctors can have the contract we deserve without undue delay.

Salary Increases Negotiated for San Francisco Doctors

May 12, 2014

The current collective bargaining agreement between UAPD and the City runs from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015. In spite of the contract being closed, two important changes have just been negotiated.

The UAPD contract has a “re-opener” clause concerning recruitment and retention. This clause dictates that if there’s a demonstrable recruitment/retention problem, the Union can bring the City to the bargaining table. UAPD easily demonstrated DPH’s inability to recruit enough COPC primary care physicians back in December. Read more …

LA Psychiatrists and Dentists Approve New Contract

March 15, 2014

UAPD Members in Los Angeles County Bargaining Unit 325 (Dentists and Psychiatrists) overwhelmingly ratified a agreement reached by the negotiating team on February 20, 2014.  The 18 month agreement includes three across-the-board pay increases of 2% each.  In addition, psychiatrist pay will now follow the physician pay scale, which has 20 steps instead of 13.   The agreement also provides legal representation to those responding to Medical and Dental Board inquires, and enhances health benefit plans.  In total, the value of the salary and benefits of BU 325 members will increase between 6% and 16% over the 18 months of this agreement.

Los Angeles Physicians Ratfiy New Contract

February 13, 2014

UAPD members in Los Angeles County Bargaining Unit 324 (Physicians) have voted overwhelmingly in favor of approving the Tentative Agreement reached in January, with 96% of the votes in favor of ratification.  In total, salary and benefits will increase by as much as 15% over the next 18 months.

The terms of the new agreement will go into effect pending approval by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.  Once the County reaches a Tentative Agreement with BU 325 (Psychiatrists and Dentists), the County Supervisors will review and vote on both agreements.  Because the first pay increase under this agreement is retroactive to December 1, 2013, physicians will not lose money while waiting for Supervisor approval.  UAPD will update members once the Supervisors have acted.

BU 324 Reaches Tentative Agreement with Significant Increases

January 31, 2014

The UAPD Bargaining Team is pleased to announce that on Wednesday, January 22nd, a Tentative Agreement (TA) was reached with Los Angeles County regarding the Physicians Employee Unit (BU 324).  The terms of the TA will go into effect pending ratification by UAPD members in BU 324 and approval by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Ratification ballots, which have been mailed to UAPD members in BU 324, are due back to the Los Angeles office by Tuesday, February 11, 2014.

The UAPD Bargaining Team recommends ratification of this TA, which makes significant improvements to the current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  In total, salary and benefits will increase by as much as 15% over the next 18 months.  More details have been emailed and mailed to UAPD members in the unit.

CSU Reopener Results in Salary Increase

January 22, 2014

The UAPD Bargaining Team recently met with CSU administrators and signed an agreement adding a 1.34% salary increase to the UAPD contract.  The increase is retroactive, and doctors will be paid as if the raise went into effect on July 1, 2013.  CSU anticipates that the increase, including backpay, will not show up on paychecks until April of this year.

The 1.34% increase will go into effect only once it has been approved by the CSU Board of Trustees.   The agreement has been placed on the 10 day waiting list for the Board’s January agenda.  You can view the language of the agreement here.

While the current contract is in effect until June 30, 2014, the salary increase was discussed during a “reopener” between CSU and the union.   In the next month, UAPD will begin preparing for negotiations over the full contract, in part by sending a bargaining survey to all current union members.