Alameda Health Services


UAPD Sponsored Bill Prevents Outsourcing

September 19, 2013

AB 1008, a bill to prevent the unnecessary outsourcing of doctor jobs in the fast-growing Alameda Health System (AHS) (formerly known as the Alameda County Medical Center) has been signed into law.  AB 1008 was initially co-sponsored by UAPD and AFSCME, and authored by Assembly Members Joan Buchanan (D-Alamo) and Rob Bonta (D-Oakland).

In recent months, AHS considered employing doctors through a separate foundation not covered by the UAPD agreement.  The new law closes a loophole in the California code that allowed hospital authorities (like the one that runs AHS) greater leeway for employing contractors than other government agencies have.  Last week’s passage of AB 1008 means the jobs and the contract of UAPD doctors are now safe.

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UAPD Commitee Outraged by ACMC Proposal

August 12, 2011

After sitting on UAPD’s comprehensive economic proposal for over one month, on August 9th the Alameda County Medical Center finally presented their counter proposal…and it was outrageous!

ACMC doctors go HERE to read more about the management’s wage proposal and to give the UAPD team your feedback about next steps.

Bargaining Roundup: Counties, Clinics, CSU

July 12, 2011

In recent years the best strategy for many county bargaining units has been to rollover the current contract rather than negotiate a new one, assuming the employer agrees to do so. While extending a contract generally means no new salary increases, it also means no takeaways, which in the current economy is often a fair compromise. Los Angeles County Bargaining Unit 324 (Physicians) and Bargaining Unit 325 (Dentists and Psychiatrists) each recently agreed to extend their current county contracts until 2012. This was an especially appealing option for BU 324 members, because their contract includes a 3% annual increase which did not expire. BU 325 doctors who have not reached the top of the pay scale will also see a salary step increase this year. Sacramento County doctors also agreed to a one year extension of their contract, though it included a change in the retirement formula for new hires. As in Los Angeles County BU 325, Sacramento doctors not already at the final salary step will get a pay increase.

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More County Doctors Join UAPD PAC

June 21, 2011

Recently Los Angeles County Psychiatrists and Dentists (BU 325) completed surveys that demonstrated their desire to have a stronger voice in Los Angeles-area politics. As a result, the UAPD Executive Board voted to create a program for collecting voluntary political contributions from Bargaining Unit 325 members, which can be used in support of local causes.

In the past, UAPD has used money donated to the union’s Political Action Committee (PAC) to protect pensions, stop privatization of doctor jobs, and resist infringements on our scopes of practice. UAPD PAC money also supports the campaigns of California candidates who have shown a willingness to support doctors’ causes. Historically, it has been the State-employed doctors who have made the bulk of the PAC contributions, in large part because a simple system for collecting contributions has long been in place for state workers. Creating systems to increase PAC participation of county doctors makes more PAC money available for county-level candidates and issues. The Los Angeles County BU 325 doctors are leading the way.

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May 13, 2011

If you are a Facebook user, visit the improved UAPD Facebook page and “Like” it to receive occasional updates from UAPD on your Facebook wall.

Alameda County Medical Center (ACMC) Contract

July 21, 2010

ACMC MOU 2007-2010

The ACMC contract was extended until June 2011.

ACMC Doctors Opt for Contract Extension

June 30, 2010

On June 30, 2010, the UAPD Negotiating Committee for Alameda County Medical Center (ACMC) signed a tentative agreement to extend the current physician contract for one year.  The Agreement was ratified by ACMC union members on July 16.  The one year extension will maintain all benefits at current levels and leave all other contract language unchanged.

Although the extension contained no cost of living adjustment, the UAPD committee concluded that opening the contract this year would have exposed members to management’s cost-cutting proposals, which would have had a detrimental effect on patient coverage and workloads.

The UAPD Bargaining Team expects the Medical Center’s finances to improve over the next year, putting them in a better position to fairly address UAPD’s proposals during the next round of bargaining in 2011.

The UAPD Negotiating Committee at the Alameda County Medical Center consisted of  Jackie Bolds, M.D., Jacob Eapen, M.D., Bruce Fitzgerald, M.D., Milton Lorig, M.D., and Senior Labor Representative Patricia Hernandez.