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Victory for AHS Doctors! Arbitrator Rules in Favor of UAPD

July 6, 2018

UAPD decisively won at arbitration against Alameda Health System (AHS). Two years ago, AHS contracted out psychiatrists’ jobs in the psychiatric emergency services/triage services to Traditions Behavioral Health (TBH), flagrantly violating both UAPD’s MOU and a California statute, sponsored by UAPD, which protects those jobs. The arbitrator ruled AHS was clearly in violation of the MOU and the statute. The arbitrator then ruled that all of those positions MUST be returned to us! AHS and UAPD need to quickly work out the way to rid PES/Triage of “The Infestation” of TBH. The arbitrator will retain jurisdiction should AHS drag its feet. Our next task is to bring PES/Triage wages to market, which has been on the table since May 2017, with absolutely no response to date from AHS. Now, AHS will have to respond or face the wrath of the arbitrator.


Special thanks go to all of our bargaining team members, especially Dr. Milton Lorig, MD, JD and Senior Representative Patricia Hernandez, JD. Kudos as well to our legal team and those who testified. Lastly, thanks to out UAPD Lobbyist, Doug Chiappetta, who guided the legislation that helped achieve this victory.r>

Mad As Hell And Not Going To Take It Anymore: AHS Physicians Walk Out

June 29, 2018

Physicians of UAPD working in ambulatory at Alameda Health System (AHS) walked out of a meeting at the Hayward Wellness Center on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 in protest of AHS’ intransigence. Those physicians have been out of contract for a year. AHS, rather than bargain in good faith over conditions at AHS, propose disrespectful and unethical mandates that would harm our most vulnerable patient population by demanding a “factory style” approach to patient care, treating our patients as “widgets” with physician pay linked to the number of “widgets” seen. Our physicians confronted AHS’ Chief Medical, Ghassan Jamaleddine, M.D., and made clear to him that AHS’ position is unacceptable. The group overwhelmingly voted to strike if AHS continued in its present course at negotiations. Our physicians are unwilling to sacrifice the doctor/patient relationship by delivering substandard care under an “assembly line” approach to the delivery of healthcare.

Doctors, Unite—Celebrate Interdependence Day!

June 27, 2018

By Stuart A. Bussey, MD, JD, UAPD President

Today, in the shadow of the Independence Day weekend, the US Supreme Court declared by a 5-4 vote that public union “fair share” agency fees are unconstitutional and not mandatory. They chose fuzzy borders of free speech and association over the gritty reality of free ridership to justify this potential financial blow to labor unions. The Janus vs AFSCME decision marks the final chapter of the 75-year-old “Right to Work” anti-labor law playbook which has progressed through 26 state legislatures. Now the rule is federalized.

Many of the fair share members who did not join UAPD as full members were unaware of the important differences between these two categories. Now after the Janus decision there won’t be any more fair share members, only non-members. There are big advantages to being a full member. Most importantly, when UAPD has a robust roster of full members, committed to the principles of unionism, the employer takes notice. There is strength in numbers. We have greater staff resources. This power leads to more favorable contracts, grievance outcomes, better representation and greater respect for the bargaining unit. Higher membership leads to greater member involvement, optimism, community, and synergy of ideas to improve the workplace. Only full members can participate in contract surveys and bargaining sessions, be on committees, participate in legislation, attend free CME, and enjoy our legal defense fund. There are monetary union perks as well–reduced mortgage payments, rental and insurance discounts, etc.

Corporate and billionaire interests will continue their efforts to deconstruct unions in the US because they see them as one of the last roadblocks to a plantation economy–where there is little resistance to unreasonable and self-serving policies. Where they can pay less and expect more from their employees. Let’s fight back! The words “doctors and union” have been an oxymoron. We traditionally are individualists and have been likened to herds of cats. Following today’s Janus decision, however, we must unite to survive. Stay or become a full member… but don’t turn into a non-member! Seek out a fair and a satisfying workplace by working together.  Please consider this over the long weekend. It is good to be independent, but it is crucial to interdependent.  

UC Student Health Doctors Supporting Upcoming AFSCME 3299 Strike

May 4, 2018

Dear UC Colleagues:
 
Next week on Monday, the 7th, to Wednesday, the 9th, AFSCME 3299 frontline patient and service workers will be striking against UC for racial, economic, and gender equality. We have consulted with our UAPD attorney about your potential participation and support of this strike. It is perfectly legal for you to support another union’s activities, including walking their picket lines, as long as it is on your own time. This includes your lunch and break times. What you cannot do, according to article 42 of your MOU is to engage in a sympathy strike or to have an unauthorized absence during these 3 days.  Click the link below for the schedule of the rallies at the various UC campuses. If you have any questions, contact the UAPD for more details.

Click Here For Rally Location and Schedule

The Results are In: Congratulations AFSCME 43rd International Convention Delegates

May 4, 2018

The following were elected to serve as delegates at AFSCME 43rd International Convention in Boston, MA., July 16, 2018 – July 20, 2018.  The theme of this year’s convention is, “Rise Up”.

 

Julie B. George, M.D. Department of State Hospitals

Ronald H. Lewis, M.D., F.A.C.P. Private Practice

Milton L. Lorig, M.D., J.D. Private Practice

Rufus W. Moore, M.D. Los Angeles Department of Mental Health

Rosa Nguyen, D.M.D. State Department of Correction & Rehabilitation

Gary Pedneault, M.D Los Angeles Department of Health Services

Shakalpi R. Pendurkar, D.D.S., M.P.H. Gardner Health Services

 

In accordance with the UAPD constitution and bylaws, the UAPD President, Stuart A. Bussey, M.D., J.D., is automatically included as one of the UAPD’s eight delegates.  

Thank you to our UAPD members who voted in this election, the 11 nominees for their effort and enthusiasm on behalf of the Union, and congratulations to our elected delegates.

 

Stuart A. Bussey, M.D., J.D.
UAPD President

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Message from UAPD President about upcoming LA County Contract and Salary Negotiations

April 20, 2018

Dear LA County Colleague:

Please click on the 88-second video message below to hear how your colleagues plan to improve your MOU and how you can help by (re)committing yourself to full UAPD membership.

After watching the video click the appropriate link at the bottom. You will be redirected to a Docu-sign membership form.

Thanks.

Stuart Bussey, M.D., J.D.
UAPD President

 

LA County Physicians, Psychiatrists, and Dentists (BU 324/325) click here

LA County Pharmacists (BU 301) click here.

 

BU 16 On-Call Assignment Now Less Onerous for Some Institutions

February 21, 2018

Bargaining Unit 16 employees at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation are starting to see some relief from high call volumes and workloads that have been stretching the limits of what can be considered a reasonable expectation for after-hours Physician On-Call assignments.

Building on newly negotiated contract language, “mini-MOD” assignments are being tested at Central California Women’s Facility, CSP-Los Angeles County, Mule Creek State Prison, Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, California Institute for Men, Kern Valley State Prison, and Salinas Valley State Prison. 

Members—and represented BU 16 employees—who are not currently part of the testing should contact their UAPD steward or union representative to discuss the viability of bringing this new MOD to your facility. 

If you are not a member of the union, please use this link to become one. High union density enables employees, including BU 16 doctors, to bargain over issues that impact working conditions and patient care.

 

A Brief Update on Sierra Conservation Center

February 13, 2018

SCC recently rolled out the Electronic Health Record System (EHRS). A grievance was filed regarding the inadequate training. The department has agreed to provide additional training to staff.

The UAPD participated in the Meet and Confer process regarding the installation of additional security cameras to be placed at SCC.

Management has not been honoring vacation requests pursuant to the BU 16 MOU. The UAPD is working with the local labor representative to ensure Bargaining Unit 16 members time-off/vacation requests are honored pursuant to the contract. There is a scheduled meeting to follow-up on management’s committed to counseling the supervising dentists and rectifying the situation so BU 16 members are afforded time-off/vacations requests pursuant to the MOU, as opposed to arbitrarily.

Grievances filed against CDCR’s Telemedicine and Telepsychiatry Programs

January 28, 2018

When the telemedicine and telepsychiatry programs were first launched by the department, physicians were told that they would not have to cover On-call assignments. The department then decided to start requiring them to cover on-call assignments. The Department changed telemedicine working conditions without notifying the UAPD. A grievance was filed and the Department responded by notifying the UAPD that they were initiating a telemedicine on-call pilot program. That program failed and the Department concluded that they will not be requiring telemedicine doctors to cover on-call assignments.

We filed a grievance regarding Additional Appointments for Telemedicine. The Department has now said that telemedicine has a right to Additional appointments.

The UAPD met with the Department to discuss a proposed policy. CDCR has not updated the policy to reflect the agreed upon changes from the last meeting. Nonetheless, CDCR has added additional telepsychiatry sites without notifying the UAPD.

We filed a Cease and Desist regarding implemented changes to the program without notice to the union. The UAPD had a Meet and Confer with the Department to discuss the opening of the Diamond Bar location.

The UAPD has scheduled quarterly Telehealth Committee Meetings to address these issues.

Just Culture Policy Finalized!

January 26, 2018

Under the new policy, Union members and management will educate the workforce on the new policy, identify potential system deficiencies in various departments, and recruit team members to assist in resolving potential problems.  Just Culture will focus less on disciplinary actions and focus more on corrective actions.   UAPD members will have access to all bargaining unit members when discussing Just Culture.  So, they will be able to recruit new members and provide updates on Union activities.  

UAPD and DHS developed new programs to continue efforts for Physician recruitment and retention.  In order to continue building on the successful events sponsored by the Union and the County, a new recruitment incentive and student loan payment reimbursement was established.  New hires in Correctional Health will be eligible for up to $30,000:   $10,000 after 6 months and another $20,000 after 18 months on the job.  New employees could opt for the student loan payment reimbursement program.  Physicians would receive up to $30, 000 at the end of each year up to 4 years (total $120,000 in reimbursement).  The Department of Mental Health has expressed interest in creating similar programs for recruitment and retention of Psychiatrists in Los Angeles County.

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