Santa Barbara County


Santa Barbara Doctors At Table

October 2, 2015
Santa Barbara doctors have just begun bargaining for a new contract.  The current contract expires on November 22nd of this year.   The UAPD Bargaining Team consists of three doctors who represent both the Public Health and Mental Health Departments.  In addition to salary improvements, the team is making proposals to expand continuing education benefits (both the time off and the reimbursement amounts) and to improve call, standby, and call-back language.  Achieving parity with what Santa Barbara County has negotiated with other union is a key component of this contract campaign.


UAPD Reaches Agreement to Mitigate Call Elimination in Santa Barbara

September 15, 2012

In order to minimize the impact of the elimination of hospital call at the Santa Maria Women’s Health Care Center, the County of Santa Barbara and UAPD reached a side-letter agreement in late August.  As a result of the agreement, there will be no layoffs of UAPD members in the Santa Maria Women’s Health Care Center through the term of the current UAPD MOU.  Current UAPD members who are affected by the elimination of hospital call will continue to receive a 5% special duty allowance for hospital practice, plus $1500 per month for approximately six months, unless they separate from  county service.  Both parties agree to reopen negotiations on the side-letter at the request of either party anytime after six months from the effective date of the agreement.



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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Santa Barbara County Memorandum of Understanding (Contract)

June 22, 2011

Santa Barbara County Memorandum of Understanding
Employer-Employee Relations Policy — Santa Barbara County (PDF)
Santa Barbara County Human Resources
Santa Barbara County Civil Service Rules

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.

Facebook User? “Like” UAPD!

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.

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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