State Barganing Unit 16 Contract Now Online

December 19, 2013

The new contract for state-employed doctors has been finalized.  You can download the new contract here (PDF) and read a summary of it here.  A paper copy will be mailed to UAPD members in January.

Sacramento County Doctors Vote on New Agreement

December 19, 2013

Following six months of extensive negotiations, in November the UAPD Bargaining Team reached a tentative agreement with Sacramento County for a new five year agreement.  The UAPD Bargaining Team unanimously recommended ratification of this agreement, which has gone to members for a vote.  Under the terms of the agreement, salaries will increase between 10% and 16% over five years, depending on the Consumer Price Index for the area.  In addition to making solid salary gains, this contract also increases professional reimbursement to $1200 annually and improves the language that covers time off for continuing medical education/continuing education.  The County agreed to quarterly meetings of a Medical Advisory Committee to continue to address issues of concern to members.  The contract also implements aspects of AB 340, the Pension Reform Act that was passed in 2012.

Santa Cruz Doctors Ratify New Contract

October 30, 2013

The tentative agreement reached by the UAPD Bargaining Team and Santa Cruz County on October 10, 2013 has been overwhelmingly approved by members.  The contract will go into effect as soon as it is approved by the Santa Cruz Board of Supervisors, who will consider it during their November 5th meeting.

The new agreement, which expires in November 2016, includes two cost of living increases totaling 5%.  The agreement also increases the differential paid to bilingual doctors, protects active health care and augments the scope of the labor management committee.   The agreement contains a smaller concession on retiree health care than what all other Santa Cruz County units agreed to in 2011.

Solano County Ratifies New Contract

October 8, 2013

UAPD members from Solano County have voted overwhelmingly in favor of a new two year contract.  The agreement will go into effect pending Board of Supervisor approval.  The agreement includes an immediate 2% pay increase and a second 2% increase on October 1, 2014.  The language for Continuing Medical Education has been improved to allow for online course participation, and doctors will now receive $1,500 to offset CME expenses.  In a pension cost-sharing agreement, employees may see a .5% pay deduction in year one, or 1% deduction in year two, if CalPERS increases the employer contribution rate above 14%.


NEVHC Providers Ratify First Contract with 19.25% in Raises

April 29, 2013

UAPD members have ratified the Agreement that was reached between the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) and the Northeast Valley Health Corporation (NEVHC) in February.  UAPD Labor Representative Steve Cook and a team of NEVHC providers worked diligently over many months to craft the best possible language.  The contract significantly improves compensation for all the providers represented by the new union.  The doctors, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants employed by NEVHC among are the latest to join UAPD’s growing clinic sector.

Download the full Agreement (PDF)


Term – 5 Year Contract.  All changes, including wage increases, are retroactive to January 7, 2013.

Wage Increases
1st Year  — 3.75%
2nd Year —  3.75%
3rd Year  — 3.75%
4th Year  — 4.0%
5th Year  — 4.0%
Total wage increase over 5 years – 19.25%

Improved Continuing Education Leave 
Reimbursable CE Expenses Increased.  Increases in Reimbursement for Professional License Fees, Association Fees, and DEA Fees.

Union Representation
The Contract gives members access to a UAPD Labor Representative, as well as UAPD Provider Representatives at the workplace.  They can answer questions and work with you to solve any work related issues.

Grievance Procedure
The contract lays out a process for settling disputes when providers have work issues that involve violations of the contract.  The final step of the procedure is binding arbitration, meaning that a neutral third party has the final word if the union and employer cannot reach an agreement.  Binding arbitration is the hallmark of a strong and effective grievance procedure.

A Contract
All other policies and procedures remain the same, and many of them are now enshrined in the UAPD contract.  This means that Providers have an agreed-upon process (the grievance procedure) to challenge the employer if they violate any of the terms to which they and the Union have agreed.

Strong Agreement Ratified in Santa Clara County

October 5, 2012

After sticking together through months of difficult bargaining, Santa Clara doctors have won an agreement that meets all of their key demands.  The Agreement was ratified overwhelmingly by members this week; next it goes to the Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors for final approval.  The Agreement brings the benefits of UAPD-represented doctors in Santa Clara County line with what County doctors working outside of the UAPD unit receive.  UAPD doctors won the ability to cash out half of their 36 Annual Leave days each year, as well as a reduction in their employee pension contribution.   CME and medical dues reimbursements were restored, the number of bereavement leave days was increased, and life insurance levels were raised.   There were also improvements to salaries, on-call pay, and extra shift pay for some doctors in the contract.  After months of refusals, Santa Clara management finally agreed late last month to credit bargaining unit doctors for the increase in revenue  created by the doctors’ assignment of EHR Incentive funds to the county.  That increase in revenue was more than enough to offset the cost of the benefit improvements that UAPD had been proposing since last year.

Letter From UAPD President Bussey to Los Angeles Doctors

October 1, 2012

Dear Los Angles Physicians,

Members of BU 324 overwhelming ratified the tentative agreement reached between the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) and Los Angeles County in August.  The new contract for LA County physicians will go into effect pending approval by the County Board of Supervisors.  UAPD is urging the CEO’s office to submit the Agreement to the Board as soon as possible, and will let members know as soon as the contract is approved.

One highlight of the new contract is the creation of the In-House Physician Registry.  The UAPD negotiating team convinced the County that there are alternatives to using expensive outside contractors in situations where flexibility in physician staffing is required.  The County agreed to create a In-House Physicians Registry composed of members of BU 324  in order to test whether it is in fact more cost-effective to use County-employed physicians to provide supplemental services.
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San Francisco Doctors Win Salary Increases

July 5, 2012

In San Francisco, the UAPD Bargaining Team  emerged from two days of binding arbitration with a terrific new contract for City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) doctors.  The Agreement was ratified by UAPD members then approved by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors at the end of June.

During  negotiations, UAPD discovered that some CCSF doctors were earning less than some Nurse Practitioners employed by the county.    UAPD relied on testimony from expert witnesses including a labor economist  to make the case that the County could and should correct the pay imbalance between doctors and the mid-levels they sometimes supervise.  The arbitrator was persuaded by UAPD’s arguments, and the final agreement included significant pay increases for doctors.  Three new steps were added to the doctor scale, and by the end of the three year contract all doctors will make at least 10% more than a midlevel  at the same salary step.   The new salary schedule took effect on July 1.

The Agreement contains other improvements as well.  Standby pay  was increased  from $9 to $15 per hour.  Six previously unpaid holidays and unpaid employee development (aka CME) days were restored with pay.  Doctors will once again have access to Employee Development and License Reimbursement funds.

Bargaining Unit 16 Reaches New Agreement with State

June 22, 2012

After several meetings, UAPD  reached a side-letter agreement with the State of California regarding the 2012-2013 budget.  Because the overwhelming majority of UAPD members who participated in the online survey and telephone town hall meeting said they preferred taking some form of personal leave days rather than the 38-hour work week originally proposed by the Governor,  UAPD fought to shape the agreement along those lines.  Almost every member agreed that the concessions should expire at the end of the budgetary year, and that they should not affect retirement benefits now or in the future.  We were able to secure those terms as well.  While no one likes making concessions, the team hopes that members will be consoled by the fact that they  have taken the least-objectionable form.

In exchange, UAPD has been granted two improvements.  The first is a one-year postponement of members’ 0.5% contribution towards retiree health care, which was originally scheduled to start July 1, 2012.  The second is a promising new committee charged with resolving the contractor problem that plagues many of the departments where doctors work.  Please read on for more details.

UAPD members are invited to participate in a telephone town hall meeting on this topic Wednesday, June 27th, at 7 pm.  Further information about the call will be emailed to members who have a current e-mail address on file with UAPD.

Details of the 5% Side Letter Agreement

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State Contract Extended for One Year

April 5, 2012

The Department of Personnel Administration and Governor Jerry Brown have agreed to a one-year extension of the agreement that covers UAPD doctors working for the State of California in Bargaining Unit 16.  That agreement now expires on July 1, 2013, and all applicable provisions and established side letters will remain in force until that date.  The request was made pursuant to the Ralph C. Dills Act Section 3517 and Article 17 of the current agreement.