January 19, 2017
UAPD won the first skirmish against the contracting agency Traditions Behavioral Health (TBH). Last June, Alameda Health System (AHS) contracted out employed psychiatric hours at John George Psychiatric Emergency Services, hours represented by UAPD, to TBH. UAPD filed suit against TBH for four causes of action: Unfair Competition, Intentional Interference with Contract, Intentional Interference with Prospective Economic Advantage, and Negligent Interference with Prospective Economic Advantage. TBH filed a demurrer (failure to state a claim) and an anti-SLAPP motion, procedural obstacles used to avoid answering our complaint. Alameda County Superior Court denied TBH’s anti-SLAPP motion and only granted TBH’s demurrer on the first cause of action with leave for UAPD to amend its complaint so as to rectify the first cause of action’s shortcomings. UAPD will now amend the complaint and TBH will soon be facing discovery over its illegal business practices. UAPD is also in litigation with AHS to compel AHS to arbitrate its decision to contract out UAPD employed hours represented by UAPD.
July 11, 2016
On Friday, July 1st, Psychiatrists at Alameda Health Services overwhelmingly expressed their desire to remove Dr. Joe Walker as Chair of their Department. Over the past two months, Dr. Walker has misused his position to make a deal with Traditions Behavioral Health (TBH) to contract out psychiatrists’ positions in a questionable deal. The doctors’ petition to remove Dr. Walker revolves around their belief that he has not fulfilled his obligations as Chair in the following areas:
1. Dr. Walker made a deal with TBH while serving as interim Chief Medical Officer – a clear conflict of interest!
2. He is an absentee Chair who is never seen in PES except to announce to the doctors that they will be fired from their jobs and replaced by TBH.
3. He has personally intimidated countless employee psychiatrists in the past weeks and has a history of threatening physicians during one-on-one meetings.
4. He fails to respond to doctors’ emails, even when it involves urgent clinical matters.
5. There is an active MEC investigation against Dr. Walker.
On Monday, July 11th, UAPD Doctors and SEIU Nurses attended the Alameda County Board of Supervisors’ Health Sub-committee to voice our concerns about patient care at JGPP.
May 20, 2016
UAPD met with AHS two days ago in a meet and confer over TBH’s efforts to staff a “triage psychiatrist” position in PES. AHS is claiming that recruitment has been unsuccessful over the past three months and that not enough SAN psychiatrists are interested in taking regular employment from the current employee pool. UAPD made several recommendations to AHS to recruit psychiatrists as an alternative to contracting out to TBH. For example, we asked that AHS advertise psychiatrists’ salaries online and in all of its outside advertisements. Interestingly, AHS has a policy of not advertising salaries for any of its vacant positions because it believes that applicants “interested in working for AHS for the high salaries are not employees we want to hire here.” Of course, this is ludicrous! All public employers advertise salaries for open positions. Furthermore, it is no secret that physicians’ salaries must be competitive with the market in order to recruit and retain them. AHS’ argument is a poor attempt at hiding its intentional obstruction of recruiting and retaining UAPD jobs.
Although UAPD doubts that AHS will present the union proposals to the Board of Trustees, more meeting are scheduled. Anticipating no movement from AHS, UAPD is prepared to move quickly to arbitration on this issue and will also file an unfair labor practice charge against AHS for meeting in bad faith with the Union.
February 24, 2016
The market wage adjustments and retro pay to last June 2015 will appear on Friday’s paycheck! All Ambulatory docs will receive a 4% increase to base wages, and all full-time and part-time psychiatrists will receive a 10% wage increase retroactive to June 21, 2015. SAN psychiatrists will receive a 6% increase to hourly rate retro to June 21, 2015. UAPD is currently meeting with AHS over the bonuses for Ambulatory Care Doctors. We should have an agreement soon.
November 25, 2015
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WINTON WELLNESS CENTER
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Eastmont Wellness Center, Oakland, CA
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November 9, 2015
UAPD has been meeting with AHS over the market reopener negotiated earlier this year. UAPD prepared a comprehensive survey of the surrounding counties that shows that AHS salaries for specialties are below market, except for dental. View market survey here.
After two months of checking the accuracy of the Union’s survey, AHS did not dispute our survey results. Yet they made an unreasonable proposal, which completely ignores the undisputed market survey. View AHS proposal here.
UAPD met with management to analyze the quality measures for the first half of the incentive period. The results so far show some clinics are not able to meet the unreasonable targets set by AHS. The union has argued that this is due to system wide problems that the employer has not fixed, one of which is high physician vacancies. View metrics report here.
No results for JGPP incentive measurements have been produced by AHS.
May 22, 2015
The new Agreement between UAPD and AHS was overwhelmingly ratified by the members. The vote drew the largest membership participation in the past 15 years.
Under the new Agreement, dentists and psychiatrists will benefit from across the board pay increases with retroactivity in year one. Market surveys will be conducted by AHS for wage reopeners in years two and three, and salary adjustments will be made if necessary. Additionally, psychiatrists will participate in a two-part incentive pay program that the doctors helped design. Details of that bonus plan have been sent to AHS members. In a newly formed committee, AHS managers will meet with doctors as often as monthly to discuss and remedy issues that could affect productivity, quality, and patient satisfaction in the clinics. Both educational leave and stipend were increased under the agreement.
April 1, 2015
The UAPD Board has approved a request by Alameda Healthcare Services (AHS) doctors to go on strike against their employer. During the strike authorization vote among UAPD members at AHS, 98% of them voted in favor of a strike. AHS doctors will be meeting soon to plan details of a strike. Meeting information has been sent to AHS members.
Doctors are angry that AHS managers have been negotiating in bad faith for months, and are trying to tie pay to unfair measures aimed at cutting patient time with doctors. AHS insists that its employed doctors meet the standards of private hospital doctors, while providing the doctors with neither the infrastructure nor the support to provide the most efficient patient care. Rather than squeeze its current staff, AHS must do more to recruit and retain enough doctors to see patients in a timely manner.
December 22, 2014
Alameda Health Systems’ persistent failure to be prepared for bargaining sessions shows disrespect to the UAPD membership and the bargaining process. Bargaining has been cancelled four times due to lack of preparation on the part of AHS.
In addition, AHS has failed to provide vital information necessary for the Union to prepare and respond to proposals. Only recently did the team finally receive a comprehensive wage proposal from AHS. That wage proposal is so complicated and fragmented, that even the AHS team had trouble explaining it.
Click here to read an important bargaining update from the UAPD Bargaining Team at Alameda Health System (AHS), which gives details of the substandard offer from AHS.
December 4, 2014
Alameda Health Services has shown itself to be ill-prepared to bargain with UAPD doctors. Over the last few months, they have cancelled four sessions of bargaining with UAPD. AHS has also failed to provide vital information necessary for the Union to prepare and respond to proposals. Last week, UAPD finally received a comprehensive wage proposal, but it was both complicated and fragmented. AHS proposes creating a convoluted system for granting lump sum quarterly bonuses to doctors, dependent on various measures, including productivity standards that even management agreed are impossible to reach. AHS is against granting any base wage increases for UAPD physicians, despite the recently negotiated increases for OakCare doctors, who will receive an 18% increase in the next 24 months. The UAPD bargaining team is communicating with members to gather reactions to the AHS proposal.