Kern County

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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Kern County Doctors Become part of UAPD

April 7, 2011

On Wednesday April 6, 2011, Kern County doctors voted overwhelmingly in favor of making the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) their exclusive bargaining representative.  Congratulations and welcome to UAPD’s newest members!

Kern County Doctors are the second group to join UAPD in 2011.  In March the medical professionals of North East Valley Health Corporation, a collection of non-profit clinics in the San Fernando and Santa Clarita Valleys, voted to unionize with UAPD.

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