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Strong Contract Settled in San Joaquin County

October 28, 2016

After several months of work, the UAPD Negotiating Committee has reached an agreement with San Joaquin County.  The team made several significan economic gains, particularly for those specialists who are difficult to recruit and retain.  In addition to annual 2% cost of living increases, doctors will receive between 3%-10% in market adjustments, increased tuition reimbursement, and a guaranteed $20,000 in board certification pay.  San Joaquin also becomes one of the first counties to contribute to a 401(a) plan for those doctors whose pensions have been capped by PEPRA.   Complete information and ballots have been sent to members for a ratification vote.

San Joaquin Administrators Fall Short

September 21, 2016

When your UAPD Negotiating team met with administrators last Friday, we believed we were close to reaching a a deal.  After all, your colleagues at the table had made significant concessions regarding market adjustments for ALL specialties by agreeing to focus on several specialties in which the County has had extreme difficulty recruiting and retaining physicians.  For the other half of the bargaining unit, the Committee reasonably proposed improvements to incentive formulas, which would be mutually beneficial to the doctors and to the County.  Considering the County has advocated incentive based pay practices, we did not foresee any roadblocks to these proposals.  WE WERE WRONG!

In the past, most incentive pay formulas have been decided by each department.  However, your committee proposed to include those formulaic changes in the contract to insure their implementation.  This proposal was not well received by management.  They wanted us to agree to a “future promise” of incentive changes — with no market adjustment for most of our members, on the eve of the County’s paid negotiator’s vacation this week.  The Union could not, in good faith, agree to a “handshake” agreement with no enforceable rights, or allow the County to leverage their vacation delay to dismiss the market demands of half of our members.
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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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San Joaquin County Memorandum of Understanding (Contract)

June 22, 2011
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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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Lawsuit: San Joaquin County Pension

October 15, 2008

UAPD continues to work on resolving a lawsuit challenging the County’s refusal to include its doctors in its normal retirement system. While a conceptual settlement was reached, UAPD attorneys are now negotiating details with Retirement Board counsel.