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Register Today for UAPD’s Annual Membership Meeting and Free CME Course!

September 4, 2019

The UAPD Annual Meeting and Free CME will be held on Saturday, October 26th at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco, CA [MAP].  Registration has officially begun and all UAPD members are invited to attend. 

You can register online here for each of the events listed below.  Most UAPD members are responsible for their own transportation and hotel costs to attend the meetings.  UAPD will provide members with passes to cover parking at the hotel if needed.

Saturday, October 26th

  • 8:30 am to 12:30 pmCME/CE Course “Tele-Medicine: Past, Present, and Future”  Four (4) AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™, Four (4) Dental Board Credits, Four (4) CE Pharmacy Credits. Free for UAPD Members.
  • 12:30 pm to 2 pm – Lunch
  • 2 pm to 3 pmUAPD Annual Meeting.  UAPD President Dr. Stuart Bussey will lead a meeting of all UAPD members.  Find out what’s going on in every sector of UAPD.
  • 3 pm to 4:30 pmWashington, State of California, County, CSU/UC, Retiree, and Private Practice Breakout Sessions.  Meet with other UAPD members and staff from your own sector to discuss common issues.

Ralph Coleman v. Gavin Newsom

June 7, 2019

This case deals with five misleading practices CDCR has been implementing and their push for psychiatric staff reductions.

Read UAPD’s amicus brief here

LA County UAPD Members Overwhelmingly Ratify New Contracts!

May 23, 2019

All three collective bargaining agreements between the Union of American Physicians and Dentists and Los Angeles County were overwhelmingly ratified by 95% “Yes” votes.

 

Bargaining Unit 301, Pharmacists
Bargaining Unit 324, Physicians & Veterinarians
Bargaining Unit 325, Psychiatrists and Dentists

 

Today, May 23rd, 2019, the results of both the electronic ratification polls and the paper ballots cast, were counted and tallied, at UAPD’s Southern California Office.

Witnessed and counted by bargaining unit members representing each bargaining unit, and UAPD Leadership and Staff, the sealed ballot boxes were broken & counted, and the electronic tally was reported and added, along with paper ballots that members had requested be mailed to them via U.S. Mail.

It is now up to everyone to ensure the contracts are upheld. Please keep a copy of your Memorandum of Understanding on hand at all times, once you receive the new copy.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact UAPD at your earliest convenience.

Stay Strong & United!

UAPD Puts CDCR on Notice

May 20, 2019
UAPD’s legal counsel of  Weinberg, Roger, and Rosenfeld sent out a firm “cease and desist” letter this week to CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz and Federal Receiver Clark Kelso. In the letter, UAPD has demanded that CDCR immediately stop any unilateral action on their part to change our members’ working conditions as specified in our MOU.
 
Specifically, we referred to recent member reports that their on-call schedule will be —or already has—changed. These proposed changes include forcing our members to work past their regular shifts and cover inmates from other nearby prisons. Also, that part-time physicians may be asked to take call. These are violations of our contract. Any such changes cannot be implemented without conferring with our union first or waiting until next year’s bargaining cycle. To implement these changes unilaterally or engage in “direct dealing” with our members would constitute an unfair labor practice.
 
If any of our members know of such mandates or actions by CDCR, please contact your steward, representative, or other UAPD staff. We will not stand idly by if these reports are true.

Unionized Physicians and Advanced Providers Win Back their Time and Money!

May 17, 2019

 The Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) demonstrated its power to affect positive change in its first two contract negotiations in Washington state.

Stalled in bargaining for two years with the Multicare health system, UAPD members of the Legacy Urgent Care centers had enough. They organized a large informational picket with other labor groups in Washington. After peppering the employer with notices, flyers and news articles about a humane closing policy Multicare acceded to UAPD’s demands just before the scheduled picket. They agreed to allow urgent care physicians and advanced providers to leave at the end of their twelve-hour shifts. This concession is a major victory for the safe delivery of urgent care in Washington state and beyond.

In another equally historic contract victory, UAPD persuaded Multicare to eliminate its salary withhold policy for physicians at Auburn (WA) Medical Center. The draconian salary withholds of 10-20% are a common practice for health care system employers in Washington and the rest of the US. The employer typically holds back a portion of a physician’s salary “in escrow” until the physician employee satisfies certain performance criteria. Facing a formal unfair labor practice charge filed by UAPD, Multicare retracted their withhold policy in a mass memorandum to their employees. UAPD is continuing to break new ground and negotiate for better working conditions in other many physician contracts in California and Washington.

UAPD President Stuart Bussey, MD, JD summed up “…these two great accomplishments are but a preview of what unions can do for physicians and providers in both private and public health systems. Our contracts improve patient safety and prevent physician burnout. It’s beyond time to organize and take back our profession from employers with a weak moral compass.”

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CCSF Negotiations Come To A Close While Ratification Revs Up

April 30, 2019

As of April 25th, UAPD’s bargaining team has wrapped up negotiations with the City and County of San Francisco. CCSF members will receive an email containing an agreement summary and a link to the ratification ballot within the next few days, so keep an eye out. 

Many thanks to Tim Jenkins and our bargaining team’s hard work on negotiating this new three-year tentative agreement.    

UAPD Proposals Implemented at DHCS for RAFT Program

April 25, 2019

In January, CAASD members notified us that employees were being asked to sign a new RAFT agreement. In response, the UAPD reached out to the department. The department replied by providing an update with the following changes, many of which are proposals that UAPD made back in August of last year: 

1. Expectations were removed from the RAFT agreements 
2. Only employees who perform telework are required to sign the RAFT agreement 
3. The department removed the term “agreement” from the form 

If you do not telework and you are being asked to sign a RAFT agreement, please contact your union representative and provide details.

Ratification for Los Angeles Contract On The Horizon

April 19, 2019

As UAPD schedules the ratification process for the new Los Angeles contract, it is important that we have your most up-to-date contact information.  Voting will start soon and it is vital that every member gives their feedback on the new contract.

Please sign up here so you can get the most update contract summary and vote on your contract. You can also contact us via e-mail or by telephone with your newest contact information.

If you are currently on steps 1 – 10, please contact UAPD.  If you would like to have a representative to meet with you, your department, or your clinic about the new contract, please contact our Southern California location at (310) 398-4038.

CPOE Complaints: How They Work and How UAPD Can Help

April 18, 2019

In the last few months, there has been an increase in County Policy of Equity (CPOE) Complaints filed against our members.  It’s important to know your rights as a Union member when you are called by an investigator. Before you schedule that meeting, please contact UAPD.  You have a right to have a union representative be with you during the investigation meeting. 

If you’re unfamiliar with the CPOE, we now have a guide available. To learn more about the CPOE and how it works click here

UAPD Sponsered Bill That Would Eliminate Copays for Inmates Passes First Committee

February 28, 2019

On February 26th, California’s Assembly Public Safety Committee voted to pass Assembly Bill 45, authored by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Santa Cruz). AB 45, which UAPD (Local AFSCME 206) has co-sponsored, would eliminate medical and dental co-payments and charges for health care appliances in prisons and jails. The passage comes on the heels of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) recent announcement that they will stop charging copayments for medical and dental services and appliances like dentures effective March 1, 2019.

Since 1995, California prisons have required a $5 medical copay from incarcerated people seeking medical or dental care. In most county jails, inmates must pay a copay of $3. California counties that do not collect medical co-payments from people in jail include Napa, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, and Tulare. In 2017, the Prison Policy Initiative calculated that someone earning prison job minimum wage would have to work over 60 hours to afford one copay. For many prisoners, this is often a costly choice that can result in deadly consequences. In 2003, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention identified copays as one of the factors contributing to an MRSA outbreak among incarcerated people in California. Proponents of the bill also argue that medical co-pays exacerbate racial inequities within public health.  Because Black and Brown people are disproportionately incarcerated, barriers to affordable healthcare created through copays intensify existing racial health disparities.

The UAPD, alongside the ACLU of California, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and Initiate Justice are now looking to the California Legislature to eliminate these co-payments and medical equipment charges in county jails and to ensure that they can’t be reinstated in state prison.

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