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UAPD Opposes Expanding Midlevel Scope of Practice

April 13, 2013

Bills now being considered by the Senate Business and Professions Committee take the wrong approach to addressing the doctor shortage.  Rather than creating incentive programs to increase the number of people able to complete medical school or willing to relocate to underserved areas, some legislators want to dramatically expand the scope of practice of mid-levels, posing a significant risk for patients.

SB 491 – Would allow Nurse Practitioners (NPs) to practice medicine without M.D. oversight.  Among other changes, NPs would be able to furnish, order and prescribe drugs, including controlled substances, without consulting a doctor.
SB 492 – Would grant optometrists the right to prescribe and administer drugs including controlled substances.
SB 493 – Would allow pharmacists to furnish drugs for certain conditions.

While acknowledging the vital role played by nurse practitioners, optometrists, and pharmacists, UAPD believes that these healthcare providers do not have the training and experience to safely do all that is authorized by these bills.  The Affordable Care Act was intended to bring quality healthcare to more Californians, not substandard care provided by mid-levels operating beyond the scope of their training.

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California Voters Stand Up for Working People

November 7, 2012

Proposition 32, which would have severely limited the ability of working people to make political contributions through their unions, was sounded defeated at the polls on Tuesday.  Proposition 30, a temporary tax to fund schools and public safety, was passed by voters.  Both are good news for UAPD members, many of whom devoted their time and energy to these campaigns.  Congratulations to all!

UAPD Member Richard Pan Wins Reelection

November 7, 2012

UAPD member Richard Pan, M.D., soundly defeated Republican Tony Amador in the race for the 9th Assembly District.  Dr. Pan, who has already served one term in the Assembly, joined UAPD members in campaigning for Proposition 30 and against Proposition 32.  He spoke to members at the UAPD Triennial Convention in San Francisco last weekend.  UAPD sends its congratulations to Dr. Pan and wishes him the best of luck in his next term.

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All Together for the Greater Good — A Letter Urging No Vote on Prop 32

November 1, 2012

By Ralph DiLibero, MD, UAPD

The visionary talk of the day concerning national and international dynamic competitive business advantage is all summed up in two catchy words:  “Quality Assurance.”  “Quality Assurance” is a business deliverable goal that is defined with some difficulty because so many myriad metrics function to fulfill that goal.  There is, however, one over-riding human metric that not only stands out among the rest, this metric additionally  persists and prevails above all others.  A person or workplace production group that is at ease and satisfied with the job at hand is both happier and more productive towards fulfilling the goal of “Quality Assurance.”   A congenial workplace atmosphere creates a win-win scenario, both for the employee and the employer, and is the penultimate assurance for a business to achieve sustainable “Quality Assurance”.

This ideal business dynamic competitive advantage originates at the worksite and can be best accomplished when and where there exists a pleasant environment that fosters and produces an equal footing, level playing field, face-to-face conversation concerning mutual desires, needs and goals between management and workers. These ultimately amiable conversations are not just about pay or productivity rankings or pay for performance; they accomplish a much greater purpose.  Unhappy workers are poor with work-flow, and unhappy managers are poor producers of a bottom profit line.  By outlining the totality of everyone’s concerns, productive business goals can then jointly met with enthusiastic reliance on mutual needs and with mutual respect.  Increased self-esteem leads to increased self-actualization.   Workers will then go the extra mile to help others with un-assigned tasks, and managers will then also take the extra steps to show that they are more appreciative of their employees; and all will be naturally more compliant to the others’ physical, mental, and safety needs.  A family-like atmosphere, a sense of affectionate relationships, a business ethic of acknowledged and desired mutual dependency and belonging can then prevail no matter what size the business organization choses to become.  This type of workplace produces a reliable and respected culture which in turn produces the fundamental basis for successful industrial relations and success. The continued happy productive atmosphere of a workplace environment is the most powerful dynamic competitive advantage that one company or business organization can have over another.

In order to accomplish such a utopian business partnership, there has to be a mechanism and a site for the aforementioned original and primary face-to-face employer-employee conversations to take place. That precise site, the site for such discussions and negotiations has been referred to as a “collective bargaining table”.

That precise mechanism, the mechanism for achieving mutual happiness and job satisfaction sounds to me like…well what does it sound like to you?  nIt sounds exactly like unionism and solidarity to me.

You may have heard the expression, “money talks and wimpy whiners walk”.  That is why sustainable solidarity is so important for unionism to properly function.  Institutional financial stability is also an essential component of successful unionism and solidarity negotiations.  A financially weakened union position at the bargaining table does no good for fostering relationships between employers and employees.  “Quality Assurance” will eventually suffer as the consequence of such an arrangement.  The dynamic competitive advantage of the business enterprise will then be lost. The business bottom line will be hurt.   Lose-lose would unfortunately be the scenario sadly sung by all the involved parties.

That unfortunate sad consequence would result if Proposition 32 passes the ballot.  The obvious road ahead is clear to all, to all employees and employers  —  we must all VOTE NO ON PROP 32.

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UAPD Member Dr. Richard Pan Named to Top Health Post

October 5, 2012

In August pediatrician and UAPD member Dr. Richard Pan was named the Chair of the California Assembly Health Committee.  Dr. Pan has been a member of the Health Committee since first elected to the Assembly in 2010.  Dr. Pan is currently running for reelection in District 9, which encompasses parts of Sacramento, Elk Grove, and neighboring communities.

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Order Proposition Posters and Buttons Today

October 1, 2012

Vote by mail ballots go out in early October, so now is the time to ask your family, friends, co-workers and neighbors to vote Yes on Prop 30 and No on Prop 32.  Prop 30 will increase taxes in order to protect vital public services.  The additional revenue is needed to prevent significant cuts to schools, law enforcement, and to the departments where many UAPD members work.  Prop 32 claims to be about reform, but its real agenda is to weaken unions and increase corporate influence over politics. It limits union members’ ability to make political contributions, while doing nothing to stop contributions from corporations, Super PACs and wealthy individuals.

UAPD members can order campaign flyers, buttons, and window signs here.

Volunteer for phone banking and precinct walking.

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UAPD Urges a No Vote on Proposition 32

July 26, 2012

There’s a reason that Wall Street investors, CEOs and big developers are lining up to support the Special Exemptions Act: they will be able to continue funneling undisclosed money into secretive political front groups, while teachers, doctors and firefighters would lose their ability to act on critical issues like class size, improving patient care and protecting public safety.

via Inside the Exemptions.

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UAPD Doctors Attend AFSCME Convention in Los Angeles

June 22, 2012

Waving “Respect!” signs and chanting “We’re fired up, won’t take it no more,” UAPD delegates joined thousands of others at the AFSCME rally in MacArthur Park in Los Angeles.  The rally was just one part of a national AFSCME Convention that called attention to the plight of public service employees in California and across America.

Vice President Joe Biden told convention delegates:  “You provide the safe neighborhoods, you provide the good schools, you provide the school lunches, you provide the day care centers, you provide the hospitals, you provide the roads, you provide the ability of people to live a decent middle-class life. We owe you.”

On the final day of the convention, Lee Saunders was elected AFSCME President, replacing Gerald McEntee who retired after a 31 year term.

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Vote No on “Special Interest Money” Initiative

May 7, 2012

The initiative claims that it will remove “big money interests from politics” by banning unions and corporations from using “payroll-deducted funds for political purposes.” The deceptive part is that corporations almost never use payroll deductions to raise political campaign funds but unions do almost exclusively – sometimes in amounts as low as $1 a week.

From the San Francisco Chronicle

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UAPD Helps Defeat Salary Cap Bill

April 27, 2012

UAPD legislative staff spoke in opposition to SB 1368 (Anderson) before a Senate committee in April.  The bill sought to cap the earnings of all State workers at the governor’s salary.  UAPD argued that the cap would put the State completely out of step with the job market for doctors, making it impossible for the State to employ doctors and other professionals.  After the testimony, the Senate committee voted down the bill 7-6.

You can read more about the bill here.

UAPD is positioning itself for further attacks on State salaries this year.  The notion of a salary cap could reemerge in another bill or as part of the budget later in the year.  UAPD will continue to monitor the situation in the Capitol closely, and keep UAPD members informed.

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