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Salary Increases for Gardner Family Health Network

April 25, 2018

The UAPD Bargaining Committee reached an agreement with GFHN last Monday, April 9, 2018.  These are the highest salary increases negotiated for our members working at Gardner.  Due to the competitive market in the San Jose area, the employer agreed to market adjustments for each specialty and COLAs for the next three years.  COLAs begin on July 1, 2019 at 2.5%; 3%; and 3%.   A wage reopener is scheduled for 90 days before the end of the 3rd year of the contract.  We also negotiated a 6% base increase for those employees with 15 years or more seniority and we expanded the use of supervising pay of 3%.  We also negotiated increased employer contributions into the employees’ individual Health savings account and paid time off for attendance at UAPD Board Meetings. 

The agreement is currently being ratified by the membership. 

Gardner Providers Approve Contract

June 9, 2015

On Thursday, May 28th UAPD Gardner Family Health Network members overwhelmingly ratified the agreement reached between the union and GFHN.  Later that evening, the GFHN Board of Trustees also approved it, so it will be in effect until June 30, 2018.

A summary of the agreement has been mailed to members.  UAPD reminds its members to use or rollover additional continuing education funds before the end of the calendar year.

Gardner Begins E/PERC Meetings

October 18, 2014

Gardner providers had their first E/PERC Committee meeting on October 16, 2014. Union members and management came together to discuss several issues impacting providers’ schedules and workloads. This E/PERC shall be an ongoing committee between labor and management, which will convene to address Medicine, Dental, and Optometry.  The first meeting focused on Medicine’s scheduling templates, work flow, and best practices.  Read more …

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UAPD Welcomes New Group

April 5, 2012

The doctors, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants employed by the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics are the latest to join UAPD’s growing clinic sector.  The group will begin negotiating its first union contract in the coming months.

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

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Gardner Health Services Agreement Reached

March 22, 2011

On February 1, 2011, the UAPD Negotiating Team at Gardner Health Services reached an agreement with management for a successor Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  The agreement took into consideration the current fiscal challenges and future uncertainties faced by non-profit clinics.  The  Negotiating Team, which consisted of Dr. Ranjani Chandramouli, Dr. William Lee, Dr. Shakalpi Pendurkar, Lisa Fredrichs-Sherard and Senior Representative Patricia Hernandez, unanimously recommended ratification of the agreement.  They planned membership meetings to review the terms in advance of the ratification vote.  Details of the three-year agreement, which were sent to Gardner members, include:

  • Lump Sum Payment :  Effective July 2011, all employees shall receive a 3% lump sum payment contingent on “assigning the EHR  inventive payment to GFHN.”
  • 20 Years or More Service Bonus : Effective January 1, 2011, all employees with 20 years or more shall receive a bonus of $1500.
  • 2nd Year Salary Increase :  Effective January 1, 2012, the 2.5% salary step increases shall resume on  employees’ anniversary date.  Those at the top of salary scale shall receive a 2.5% increase on their anniversary.
  • 3rd Year Salary Increase:   Effective January 1, 2013, all steps of the salary scale shall be  increased by 1.5% and all employees not at the top of the scale will advance to the next step of the salary  scale on their anniversary date (4% increase).    Employees at or the top of salary scale shall each receive a salary increase of 2.5% on their anniversary date.
  • Reimbursement of Continuing Education, Professional License, and DEA fees for employees working 80% or more.