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Santa Cruz County Incentive Payments Forthcoming

January 31, 2018

On January 29, UAPD representatives met with Santa Cruz management to discuss the status of incentive payments pursuant to provisions of the MOU. Under article 7.2, of the MOU, eligible UAPD-represented employees would qualify for a quarterly incentive pay of up to 15% of their base pay starting July 1, 2017. At this meeting management presented UAPD for the first time with specific data related to providers qualifications for the incentive pay for the 2017 quarters ranging from July 1 to September 30 and October 1 to December 31. After careful discussion, UAPD asked for management to make temporary discretionary adjustments to the policy so that more providers would qualify for incentive pay for the quarters reviewed. Once an understanding is reached, providers can expect for the County to then make the payments for the first quarter.

If a provider has any questions or concerns about this issue, they are encouraged to discuss it with a member of UAPD’s team who attended the meeting: Dr. Brooks, Dr. Santillano, Dr. Yazgan or UAPD representatives Albert Munoz or Nereyda Rivera.

UAPD and Santa Cruz County to Discuss Compensation Incentives

May 3, 2017

On May 5, UAPD and Santa Cruz County teams will meet for the first time to discuss policies for the compensation incentives that go into effect this July 1.  Doctors will become eligible to receive a Quality Incentive of up to 5% of their base hourly rate, and a Productivity Incentive of up to 10% of their base hourly rate. The policies will standardize the elements for earning the incentive. Elements such as availability for patient visits, staff support and administrative time will determine the amount of the Productivity Incentive. The Quality Incentive shall be based on progress notes, standards for psychotropic medication, peer reviews and EHR standards. 

Once the UAPD team feels we have made sufficient progress, a general membership meeting to discuss this topic will be called.  In the meantime, feel free to contact Albert Munoz with questions or comments (amunoz@uapd.com).

Santa Cruz County Docs Ratify Contract

March 15, 2017

After 13 bargaining sessions over last 6 months, the UAPD Bargaining Team reached a tentative agreement with Santa Cruz County on January 31, 2017. The new contract went into effect in March after being ratified by by the UAPD membership and approved by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors.

The new agreement provides:

  • A new top salary step (4% increase from the previous step) effective the first full pay period after Board of Supervisor approval. 
  • Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for all classifications of 2.5%, 2.75% and 2.75%.
  • Equity adjustment for psychiatrists of 2%, 2%, and 1.75%.
  • A new board certification differential of 2.5% effective April 7, 2018. Read more …

Santa Cruz Bargaining Update

November 30, 2016

On October 28th, UAPD and Santa Cruz County met for the 6th session in this round of bargaining. With one more session scheduled before the expiration of the current contract on Nov 11th–and more importantly the difference in proposals–it is likely that negotiations will continue beyond the expiration of the current contract. While the protections and terms of the current contract remain in place because of applicable labor laws, our doctors will not see much-needed improvements to terms and conditions, including wages, until a new agreement is reached and ultimately ratified by a majority of UAPD members.

UAPD has provided the County with a comprehensive proposal which included non-economic priorities as well as specifics on economics that would protect the interest and welfare of the public by establishing conditions for the recruitment and retention of permanent doctors. In contrast, the County’s counter proposal would firmly set us on a course for seeing real wages decline.  

In future sessions, UAPD plans to present a careful analysis County’s initial offer and how it falls short of what is needed. Furthermore, we plan to engage in meaningful dialogue on all proposals made by either side. In order to be prepared to discuss one of management’s proposal to replace overtime compensation with administrative leave, I need to know from you the average amount of hours you work per week beyond your regularly scheduled hours whether or not you are approved or paid for the additional hours.

Please email Albert Muñpz at amunoz@uapd.com with an estimate for the additional hours you work. Please indicate whether you are part-time or full-time and how the additional hours are used. If you regularly work additional hours but do not request compensation, please indicate that as well.  

We are currently working on setting up a meeting to discuss the progress of negotiations as a group. Once arrangements are finalized a notice will be sent out.

Santa Cruz Bargaining Begins

August 5, 2016

The contract between the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) and Santa Cruz County expires on November 11th.  Bargaining for the next contract began on Friday. Dr. Sanford and Dr. Yazgan will serve on the UAPD bargaining team, alongside labor representatives Albert Munoz and Sue Wilson.  During Friday’s session, the parties scheduled five future sessions and agreed to ground rules for negotiations.  Drs. Sanford and Yazgan provided an overview of the problem the County is having with the recruitment and retention of doctors. 

Our next bargaining date is scheduled for August 30th, and we will send an update afterward.

Santa Cruz County Prepares for Negotiations

July 11, 2016

UAPD has submitted a request for bargaining in Santa Cruz County and has begun the process of selecting a negotiating team.  This year’s bargaining will likely be contentious, as the doctors plan to push the County to do more to resolve its critical doctor shortage.

In the coming weeks, UAPD will also hold a meet and confer with management over their plan to create evening hours in the Emeline clinic.  While there is now a volunteer interested in filling evening hours, the union’s concern is what will happen if no volunteers exist.  There will also be a second Labor Management meeting about Avatar, the new EHR system on the mental-health side.  At the last meeting, doctors listed dozens of problems with the system, and will soon assess how much progress has been made on resolving them.