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Wage Adjustments for Alameda Health Service Docs

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.

Open Positions at AHS

November 25, 2015

Physician II – Board Certified   14699
WINTON WELLNESS CENTER
Winton Wellness Center, Hayward, CA

 

Physician II – Board Certified   15236
EASTMONT WELLNESS CENTER
Eastmont Wellness Center, Oakland, CA

 

Physician II – Board Certified   15645
NEWARK WELLNESS CENTER
Newark Wellness Center, Newark, CA

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AHS Market Reopener on Salaries

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.

Alameda Health Service Doctors Ratify Contract

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.

AHS Doctors Authorized to Strike

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.

Difficult Negotiatons with AHS

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.

UAPD and Alameda Health Services Far Apart in Bargaining

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.

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Message from UAPD’s AHS Bargaining Committee

September 12, 2014

Your UAPD Committee has been meeting with AHS Management weekly since August to negotiate a new contract for the UAPD physicians and dentists.  So far, we have proposed improvements to tuition reimbursement; increased educational leave; board certification fee reimbursement; improvements to health and leave benefits; and, most importantly, protected administrative time and patient panel caps for Ambulatory Care physicians.   In two weeks UAPD will be submitting a comprehensive wage proposal, which will include both cost of living and market adjustments.   Initially, the deadline for proposals was set for next week, however, AHS requested to extend the deadline to September 24th because they “had to make a few changes to their economic proposal after identifying and correcting an error in the physician data.”

Management has advanced several proposals, most of which consist of “clean-up” language that addresses employer mandates under the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  However, two of their proposals aim to reduce the legal rights of the Union and of the doctors – contrary to state and federal laws.  So, we anticipate management’s wage proposal to be another weapon against UAPD represented doctors, so be prepared for a fight!

AHS Doctors Will Not Be Forced into Foundation

March 22, 2014

UAPD-represented doctors working for Alameda Health System (AHS) have asked whether they, along with the unrepresented doctors working at Highland Hospital, will be forced into the new foundation being created by AHS.  The answer  is no.  UAPD took action last year to stop AHS from placing UAPD doctors in that foundation, which would have nullified the UAPD contract and all its protections.

Last year, UAPD learned that AHS was planning to employ doctors through a separate foundation not covered by the UAPD agreement.  In response, UAPD and AFSCME sponsored a bill,  AB 1008, to close the loophole in California law that gave hospital authorities like the one that runs AHS the leeway to contract out work.   AB 1008 was signed into law in September of 2013.   Under the new law, from now until 2024 AHS is strictly limited in its ability to enter into contracts to replace services now being provided by UAPD physicians and surgeons.  Prior to entering into a contract, AHS must show that using outside contractors instead of civil service doctors would save money, which would be very difficult to do.  AHS must also negotiate with UAPD over the decision to privatize, and unresolved disputes must be submitted to final binding arbitration — a point that was strongly opposed by AHS.  The law was designed to make it extremely difficult — essentially impossible — to place UAPD doctors in the new foundation.

 

UAPD Doctor Appointed to Measure A Oversight Committee

November 20, 2013

The Alameda County Board of Supervisors has appointed  Dr. Milton Lorig, a UAPD Board Member and longtime employee of the Alameda Health System, to the Measure A Oversight Committee.  Adopted by Alameda County voters in 2004, Measure A authorized the County of Alameda to raise its sales tax by one-half cent in order to fund additional medical services for low income, uninsured, and indigent County residents. As part of the Oversight Committee, Dr. Lorig will help monitor use of Measure A funds, which are approximately $100 million annually.  Congratulations Dr. Lorig!