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Message from UAPD President about upcoming LA County Contract and Salary Negotiations

April 20, 2018

Dear LA County Colleague:

Please click on the 88-second video message below to hear how your colleagues plan to improve your MOU and how you can help by (re)committing yourself to full UAPD membership.

After watching the video click the appropriate link at the bottom. You will be redirected to a Docu-sign membership form.

Thanks.

Stuart Bussey, M.D., J.D.
UAPD President

 

LA County Physicians, Psychiatrists, and Dentists (BU 324/325) click here

LA County Pharmacists (BU 301) click here.

 

A Summary of the AHS January 24th Membership Meeting

February 1, 2018

On Wednesday, January 24th, a UAPD representative for AHS met with your colleagues following the monthly provider meeting.  We had a very good, engaging meeting.  UAPD gave a brief update on the status of negotiations, which is advancing at a very slow pace due to AHS’s inability to provide the Union with necessary information.  

UAPD also clarified to our members that the Union did NOT agree to the following changes:

  • UAPD did not agree to change the patient scheduling start times at the Ambulatory Care Clinics!
  • UAPD did not agree to require doctors to make-up PTO time approved with less than 90 days advance notice!

The Union did, however, agree to require 90 days advance notice for PTO requests because this time frame is an improvement from the current terms of the MOU, which requires PTO requests to be submitted at the beginning of each year.

UAPD will continue to fight AHS’s attempts to unilaterally make changes to your work conditions without first notifying and meeting with the Union.  It is an unfair labor practice to directly deal with UAPD members about their terms and conditions of employment.  UAPD will pursue an Unfair Labor Charge against AHS for violating your rights.  

NEW BARGAINING SUBCOMMITTEE

Many doctors were very interested in participating in the current negotiations. UAPD is happy to announce that Dr. Laura Wise (Hayward) will be at the table as the latest member of the negotiating committee.  Also, the doctors have formed a bargaining subcommittee to discuss proposals and information on an ongoing basis.  These meetings will take place during non-work hours at a time and place agreed upon.  The first of these sub-committee meetings will take place on Thursday, February 8th at 5:30 PM at the following location:

Caffe Trieste 
4045 Piedmont Avenue (near 41st Street)
Oakland, CA 94611

More updates will be provided as negotiations continue.

Santa Cruz County Incentive Payments Forthcoming

January 31, 2018

On January 29, UAPD representatives met with Santa Cruz management to discuss the status of incentive payments pursuant to provisions of the MOU. Under article 7.2, of the MOU, eligible UAPD-represented employees would qualify for a quarterly incentive pay of up to 15% of their base pay starting July 1, 2017. At this meeting management presented UAPD for the first time with specific data related to providers qualifications for the incentive pay for the 2017 quarters ranging from July 1 to September 30 and October 1 to December 31. After careful discussion, UAPD asked for management to make temporary discretionary adjustments to the policy so that more providers would qualify for incentive pay for the quarters reviewed. Once an understanding is reached, providers can expect for the County to then make the payments for the first quarter.

If a provider has any questions or concerns about this issue, they are encouraged to discuss it with a member of UAPD’s team who attended the meeting: Dr. Brooks, Dr. Santillano, Dr. Yazgan or UAPD representatives Albert Munoz or Nereyda Rivera.

An Overview of Northeast Valley Health Corp in 2017

January 27, 2018

In 2017, UAPD learned that NEVHC now has 68 per diems (not in the UAPD BU) while the number of Full and Part Time benefited employees, UAPD members, has shrunk in comparison.  The Per Diems are doing UAPD bargaining unit work.  We are addressing this in bargaining, among other issues, subject to bargaining.

The members achieved close to 100% participation in UAPD Bargaining surveys which were circulated by leadership early, with member leaders and stewards who strongly encouraged 100% participation, to enter negotiations from a position of strength, with everyone’s input.

NEVHC leaders continue to make inroads and connections for UAPD to other local FQHCs and have met with other providers interested in organizing with UAPD.  Likewise, NEVHC members are glad to offer their support to further the work and scope of UAPD, in Southern California as well as anywhere else, and to increase UAPD’s and NEVHC’s membership and help both grow.

Just Culture Policy Finalized!

January 26, 2018

Under the new policy, Union members and management will educate the workforce on the new policy, identify potential system deficiencies in various departments, and recruit team members to assist in resolving potential problems.  Just Culture will focus less on disciplinary actions and focus more on corrective actions.   UAPD members will have access to all bargaining unit members when discussing Just Culture.  So, they will be able to recruit new members and provide updates on Union activities.  

UAPD and DHS developed new programs to continue efforts for Physician recruitment and retention.  In order to continue building on the successful events sponsored by the Union and the County, a new recruitment incentive and student loan payment reimbursement was established.  New hires in Correctional Health will be eligible for up to $30,000:   $10,000 after 6 months and another $20,000 after 18 months on the job.  New employees could opt for the student loan payment reimbursement program.  Physicians would receive up to $30, 000 at the end of each year up to 4 years (total $120,000 in reimbursement).  The Department of Mental Health has expressed interest in creating similar programs for recruitment and retention of Psychiatrists in Los Angeles County.

AHS News and Negotiation Updates

January 26, 2018

Negotiations continue at a very slow and frustrating pace. AHS does not provide the necessary information for the Union to prepare a market proposal. Most of the union’s proposals have been submitted except for market adjustments and extended hours proposal.

AHS has withheld payment of the 4% lump sum payment to psychiatrists per the currently expired MOU. AHS maintains that it cannot instruct its payroll department to make the payments to the doctors. UAPD will file a request for arbitration to get these bonuses paid. Also, AHS has failed to provide evidence that the outpatient clinics did not meet the metrics for the past two measuring periods. UAPD has asked that all physicians receive the maximum bonus payment. AHS is still struggling to provide the evidence. UAPD will file for an arbitration for these bonus payments, per the MOU. Read more …

Governor Brown Signs UAPD Bill Stopping Contractors

September 28, 2017

Governor Brown has signed AB 1538 into law. The bill is a follow-up to AB 1008, which was signed in 2013 to protect our bargaining unit in Alameda County. AB 1538 reaffirms that UAPD is the exclusive bargaining representative of Alameda County physicians irrespective of when a physician joins the bargaining unit.  Thank you all for the work doctors and staff put into getting the bill passed.  Read more about the bill here.

 

Important Victory in Case against Contractors

August 9, 2017

Yesterday, UAPD-represented doctors working for Alameda Health Services (AHS) won a significant legal victory in our year-long campaign against contracting out.  While a judge had previously denied UAPD’s request for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to immediately halt the transfer of psychiatrist jobs to outside contractor Traditions Behavioral Health (TBH), yesterday Judge Michael Markman issued a motion to compel AHS to participate in binding arbitration with UAPD over the issue.  The text of the Judge’s ruling can be read here.

The arbitrator will determine if by hiring high-cost contractors, AHS violated a law that went into effect with the passage of AB 1008 in 2013.  Co-sponsored by UAPD and AHS, AB 1008 strictly limited the ability of AHS to contract out the work of its union doctors.  It stated:
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UAPD and Santa Cruz County to Discuss Compensation Incentives

May 3, 2017

On May 5, UAPD and Santa Cruz County teams will meet for the first time to discuss policies for the compensation incentives that go into effect this July 1.  Doctors will become eligible to receive a Quality Incentive of up to 5% of their base hourly rate, and a Productivity Incentive of up to 10% of their base hourly rate. The policies will standardize the elements for earning the incentive. Elements such as availability for patient visits, staff support and administrative time will determine the amount of the Productivity Incentive. The Quality Incentive shall be based on progress notes, standards for psychotropic medication, peer reviews and EHR standards. 

Once the UAPD team feels we have made sufficient progress, a general membership meeting to discuss this topic will be called.  In the meantime, feel free to contact Albert Munoz with questions or comments (amunoz@uapd.com).

LA County Pharmacist Update

May 3, 2017

As some of you may know, UAPD has been partnering with SEIU Local 721 on several County issues.  One of which is the bully boss campaign.  We have met in protected forums with Dr. Christina Ghaly and other DHS-HR staff to discuss incidents where front line staff felt bullied or harassed by their supervisors.  The meetings have taken place at County facilities including Olive View and MLK Outpatient Center.

Following these forums, there has been removal or reassignment of some pharmacy managers, where their behavior has been found to be too egregious to tolerate.

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