March 24, 2017
Doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants working for Indigo Urgent Care and MultiCare Legacy Urgetn Care clinics filed union recognition petitions with the National Labor Relations Board in March. Kate Martin covered the growing momentum to unionize Washington State doctors in The News Tribune.
March 24, 2017
On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, the UAPD Bargaining Team reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) on a new Memorandum of Understanding with the State of California. The new agreement will was ratified by UAPD members and will go into effect once approved by the State Legislature.
UAPD was the last union to settle a contract with the State of California because the Bargaining Team refused to accept the substandard proposals the State kept giving them. The membership gave the team the power to stand firm with an overwhelmingly positive strike authorization vote. Member energy and member outrage were instrumental in making the State come around on several key issues in the final days. While the tentative agreement did not go as far as the team had hoped in some areas, it was worthy of recommending to the membership, who ratified it by a strong margin. You can read more details of the agreement here.
March 24, 2017
The UAPD contract guaranteed lump-sum payments for student health center doctors, giving retroactive raises for the period during which contract negotiations took place. The ten campuses issued these payments at various times in the months after bargaining concluded. Soon after, UAPD heard from members at several campuses who were concerned they had not received the full amount they were due.
To address that concern, UAPD first reached a common understanding with UCOP on the correct methodology to calculate the retroactive payments. The Union eventually secured spreadsheets from the payroll departments on each campus showing the methodologies they used and the results. The Union did a detailed audit of those calculations, which showed that while a few campuses had calculated the payments correctly, most campuses had made mistakes resulting in underpayments to doctors. Those underpayments ranged from $3.82 (for people who were first employed late in the retroactive period) to $8,737 (for someone whose retroactive payment and a subsequent raise were completely missed).
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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 …
February 12, 2017
UAPD and MultiCare Health System met for the second day of negotiations on Thursday February 9. Over the course of two bargaining sessions, UAPD had eight physician members directly participating at the table. Over the course of these two dates, both parties traded proposals on contractual and procedural topics. UAPD has passed proposals on a recognition clause, grievance process, leaves of absences, successorship, whistleblower protections, discipline assuring a “Just cause” standard and more. Discussions at the table have been respectful and informative.
One continuing and important topic is the question of which doctors are to be included in the bargaining unit. From day one UAPD has been committed to defining the bargaining unit appropriately. During the the union election process, MHS attempted to put more physicians into the unit than UAPD thought appropriate. MHS lists have ranged from over 144 physicians to 77. The good news is that we are discussing this Issue at the table and hopefully will be able to come to an agreement soon.
Your UAPD Negotiation Team will work hard to get all of the contract AMC doctors clearly deserve. And we will continue to update you after each negotiation session and when issues arise.
January 19, 2017
UAPD won the first skirmish against the contracting agency Traditions Behavioral Health (TBH). Last June, Alameda Health System (AHS) contracted out employed psychiatric hours at John George Psychiatric Emergency Services, hours represented by UAPD, to TBH. UAPD filed suit against TBH for four causes of action: Unfair Competition, Intentional Interference with Contract, Intentional Interference with Prospective Economic Advantage, and Negligent Interference with Prospective Economic Advantage. TBH filed a demurrer (failure to state a claim) and an anti-SLAPP motion, procedural obstacles used to avoid answering our complaint. Alameda County Superior Court denied TBH’s anti-SLAPP motion and only granted TBH’s demurrer on the first cause of action with leave for UAPD to amend its complaint so as to rectify the first cause of action’s shortcomings. UAPD will now amend the complaint and TBH will soon be facing discovery over its illegal business practices. UAPD is also in litigation with AHS to compel AHS to arbitrate its decision to contract out UAPD employed hours represented by UAPD.
January 18, 2017
Negotiations are beginning for your first contract at Auburn Medical Center. The team is scheduled to meet with management the morning of January 26, 2017. This first negotiation session will be to introduce the UAPD and AMC teams, discuss dates going forward, and go over preliminary procedural issues.
UAPD’s initial proposals are still being developed and the team is getting input from doctors. They meeting with doctors in all clinical areas to listen to ideas and understand concerns regarding all aspects of wages, hours, and working conditions.
AMC doctors with questions can contact Laura Anderson at (253) 244-7797.
December 23, 2016
After two days of intense negotiations, the UAPD Bargaining Team must report that no deal has been reached with the State of California. The offer put forward by the State did not adequately address the serious issues raised by our doctors, including high vacancy rates and dangerous understaffing in many facilities. We have heard from members all across the State that we should settle for nothing less than a fair contract, and that’s what we plan to do. We will return to the table in January, and continue preparations for taking collective action if necessary