Ventura County

PERB Rules in Favor of Ventura Doctors

August 30, 2011

A Public Employee Relations Board Administrative Law Judge issued a scathing ruling against Ventura County last week, in favor of the doctors there who have been fighting to have UAPD represent their unit.  Ventura County had recognized UAPD as the exclusive bargaining agent for county doctors in 2010, but then refused to bargain with the Union, claiming that the doctors were not county employees after all. In the August 24, 2011 PERB decision, ALJ Thomas J. Allen called Ventura County’s initial recognition of the Union a “sham” and ordered the County to genuinely recognize UAPD now, to begin bargaining in good faith, and to reimburse the Union for what was spent on lawyers to fight this case.

In a Ventura County Star article, County attorneys  said they plan to appeal the judge’s decision.  UAPD is pushing County leaders to reconsider that decision, because continuing to pursue this obviously illegal course of action hurts doctors and patients and wastes tax payer money.

Earlier Ventura News

Previous PERB Decision in Favor of UAPD in Ventura 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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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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Ventura County Doctors Fight For UAPD

February 1, 2011

More than sixty physicians in Ventura County has been fighting to join UAPD for more than four years, staying committed to the idea of having a union even though their employer has opposed it at every step.  “The main reason we wanted a union is that county management refused to talk and negotiate with us.  We felt that if we were unionized they would have to deal with us on a more level basis.” noted Dr. Steven Barr from West Ventura Medical Clinic.

After years of legal challenges, the UAPD was recently granted recognition by the county’s Civil Service Commission; however the County has refused to negotiate in good faith with UAPD. “The main obstacle in Ventura is that management is so desperate to maintain all power that they have resorted to disobeying the rule of law,” Barr further stated.

UAPD has filed an Unfair Labor Practice over the County’s actions at the bargaining table and is currently in the process of a formal hearing.  The physicians in Ventura County have been pushing for a union for several years and will continue to fight.  The experience has confirmed Dr. Barr’s belief that  “Unions are important in protecting doctors as patient advocates from the number crunchers.”

Ventura County Doctors Join UAPD

January 1, 2010

The Union of American Physicians and Dentists is pleased to announce that Ventura County doctors have joined the ranks of our Union. The doctors have been fighting for UAPD representation for more than four years, during which time their employer made multiple legal maneuvers intended to stall the progress of unionization. With the unwavering support of Ventura doctors, UAPD staff and leadership squared off against the County in a variety of settings, until a recent PERB ruling in the doctor’s favor convinced the County to end its costly and unjust campaign.
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