City and County of San Francisco


UAPD Corrects Time Off Issue for San Francisco Physicians

April 17, 2016

In the 2015 round of contract negotiations, San Francisco Department of Public Health physicians identified additional time off as a top priority. The UAPD bargaining team eventually prevailed in changing the contract from CTO “may be granted” to CTO “shall be granted” for work falling within established guidelines. With members’ input, those guidelines were agreed to last September.

In late February, several part-time physicians contacted the Union after being denied the compensatory time they had requested. They were told that not only must a physician work in excess of their regular work schedule, they must also work over eight hours in a day or 40 hours in a week in order to get CTO hours at the 1.5x rate. Thus, part-time doctors would almost never be eligible for CTO.

UAPD engaged DPH and DHR in discussions at that time. In April a conceptual agreement was reached and, earlier this week, the new CTO request form was agreed to (download it here). DPH Payroll has been notified that part-time physicians who work in excess of their normal work schedule, due to conditions falling within the established guidelines, will receive CTO at the 1.5x rate even if they have not worked more than eight hours that day or 40 hours that week.

The UAPD bargaining team fought hard to win the new CTO provisions, but feedback so far indicates that most doctors are not utilizing it. We encourage our hard-working members, both full- and part-time, to take advantage of this important benefit!

Good News for San Francisco Doctors Paychecks

March 29, 2016

On July 1, San Francisco Dentists, Assistant Medical Examiners and Veterinarians received a 3.25% salary increase based on the Consumer Price Index for the Bay Area.  Two more take-home pay changes affected all doctors in the unit.  These changes are pursuant to cost-sharing measures found in San Francisco Proposition C, which was passed by the voters in November 2011.

First, Prop C created a new employee pension contribution percentage that floats above the baseline according to the City’s required contribution (the latter being determined by law in order to keep the pension adequately funded). Based on SFERS’s actuarial projections, the City’s required contribution in fiscal year 2016-2017 will decrease, resulting in a 1% decrease in the required employee contribution for the upcoming fiscal year.

Prop C also set contribution requirements for the Retiree Health Care Trust Fund, which was created to ensure adequate funding for current and future SF retirees’ healthcare premiums. Employees who were hired on or after January 10, 2009 have been contributing 2% of salary to the Fund, while the City has been contributing 1%. Starting July 1, employees hired on or before January 9, 2009 will begin contributing 0.25% of salary to the Fund. Those employees’ contributions will increase by 0.25% in each of the following three fiscal years, until reaching the maximum of 1% effective July 1, 2019. The City’s contribution rates will mirror those of employees hired on or before January 9, 2009.

Employees having questions related to their pensions are encouraged to contact SFERS directly. Those having questions related to current or retiree health provisions should contact the San Francisco Health Service System.

Memorial Service for Board Member Deborah (Beth) Brown

July 15, 2015

Where: Congregation Beth Israel Judea, 625 Brotherhood Way, San Francisco (MAP).

When: Sunday, August 2, from 2 pm to 5 pm.

On July 14th, Dr. Deborah (Beth) Brown, San Francisco County physician and long-time secretary of the UAPD Board, passed away.  As a leader in this union, she was known for her deep commitment to serving patients.  She advocated tirelessly so that doctors would be able to provide the best possible care under every circumstance.  At the statewide meeting last year, she received the Sanford A. Marcus Service Award and a proclamation from the City of San Francisco in recognition of her many years of service to the community and this union.  At their next meeting, the UAPD Board will discuss ways to honor Dr. Brown’s memory and her contributions to the union over the years.

Here is a message from her family: Read more …

New Agreement for San Francisco County Doctors

June 9, 2015
The UAPD contract ratification vote for the City and County of San Francisco (CCSF) concluded on Friday, May 29th.  95% of union members casting ballots voted to ratify the new three-year Agreement between UAPD and the City and County of San Francisco. A summary of the new Agreement is here.

It is expected that the Board of Supervisors will hold their second and final vote to ratify our contract later this month.

Special note regarding the new compensatory time off (CTO) provision:  CTO will be capped at 160 hours, with a maximum of 120 hours allowed to be carried over to the following fiscal year (i.e., every July 1). CTO cannot be cashed-out, in contrast with vacation leave which can be cashed-out at any time, including upon separation from City employment. Therefore, UAPD members should always use CTO for time off before tapping vacation leave.

Next CCSF Raise

October 12, 2014

Classes 2230, 2232, and 2233 will receive salary increases ranging from 10.8% at the highest Steps to 12.1% for Steps 3 through 5, effective January 3, 2015.

These raises are the final installment of increases that your bargaining team successfully fought for in UAPD’s 2012-2015 contract with the City. As always, hourly and annualized pay for all Steps can be found on the City’s Classification and Compensation website:

Negotiations for a successor contract will begin in early spring. A bargaining survey will be distributed to all Union members via email at that time.

Salary Increases Negotiated for San Francisco Doctors

May 12, 2014

The current collective bargaining agreement between UAPD and the City runs from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015. In spite of the contract being closed, two important changes have just been negotiated.

The UAPD contract has a “re-opener” clause concerning recruitment and retention. This clause dictates that if there’s a demonstrable recruitment/retention problem, the Union can bring the City to the bargaining table. UAPD easily demonstrated DPH’s inability to recruit enough COPC primary care physicians back in December. Read more …

San Francisco Doctors Vote on Health Plan Changes

August 5, 2013

After the close of 2012 bargaining, it was discovered that the healthcare premium structure which nearly all City unions and the City agreed to would actually drive up the costs of healthcare because it failed to maintain competition between Kaiser and Blue Shield.  The County’s Health Service System (HSS) office began working with the coalition of unions to devise a new premium structure that would allow for greater competition between plans without significantly increasing costs for employees.  Last week a Tentative Agreement was reached between CCSF and the unions participating in that negotiation.  UAPD members were sent details of the proposed plan, and will be asked to vote on whether or not to approve the change.  If ratified, the tentative agreement would save city employees $62.1 million over the next five years, according to Health Service System (HSS) calculations.  The union coalition will also hold in-person meetings to explain the plan prior to the ratification vote.

In San Francisco, Alternative Health Premium Structure Sought

July 12, 2013

In the 2012 round of contract negotiations, nearly all City employee unions and the City agreed to move from 100% funding of Employee Only health coverage to having “medically single” employees pay 10% of their premium cost, beginning January 1, 2014. Over the last several months, careful analysis by the Health Service System (HSS) and the Public Employees Committee (PEC, the coalition of City unions) has revealed that this “90/10 split” sets into motion a series of unintended consequences that will ultimately result in a less stable and more expensive health benefit structure. Read more …

Four Actions San Francisco Doctors Can Take

May 29, 2013

While City and County of San Francisco employees have made many sacrifices to get through the recession, Kaiser has banked over $2 billion in profits every year since 2009. And they still want more from San Francisco workers.  UAPD and other unions are working with CCSF to stop Kaiser’s attempt to raise premiums, once again, during the 2014 rate renewal with the City.  To stand up to Kaiser, San Francisco doctors are encouraged to:

  1. Sign this online petition telling Kaiser CEO Bernard Tyson to stop the 2014 rate increase.
  2. Call Kaiser CEO Bernard Tyson at 510-271-2659 and tell him to rescind the 2014 rate increase for San Francisco employees.
  3. Attend the next HSS Board Meeting on Thursday, June 13 at 1 pm at City Hall Room 416.
  4. Download flyer (PDF) and share with colleagues.

Letter to SF Mayor  Ed Lee encouraging him to support CCSF employees against Kaiser.


UAPD Stands Up to Kaiser Rate Increases

May 16, 2013

The regular meeting of the San Francisco Health Service System (HSS) Board turned contentious as City employees and residents demanded that Kaiser Foundation Health Plan, Inc. (Kaiser) offer HSS a rate reduction for the 2014 coverage year.  HSS staff offered a PowerPoint presentation showing that City employees’ benefit utilization has declined in recent years, yet Kaiser’s fees have continued to escalate steeply. An earlier proposal by Kaiser was rejected by the HSS Board in April. City employee unions will argue strongly for a rejection of Kaiser’s current proposal.

LA Times:  City of San Francisco, worker unions protest Kaiser premium hike

Read Press Release (PDF)