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An Important Message for All UAPD Members Regarding COVID-19

March 17, 2020
Covid-19 is causing major changes to the way that we go about our lives and work as health care professionals. Social distancing and telework can be difficult to achieve, depending upon your particular workplace. Here are some general work guidelines for UAPD workers, distilled from individual departments, organizations, and government edicts.
 
Employees at Highest Risk
 
As the disease progresses, morbidity and mortality of various age groups will become clearer. What is currently accepted is that people over 65 and those with chronic conditions are highest risk for poorer outcomes. If you are in this category, you can request all viable options for flexible scheduling and telework. You can request leaves of all types if your position is not conducive to working from home. Paid administrative leave (ATO) should be requested if you have no leave balances and face hardship due to illness, caring for sick family members or children whose schools have closed. Employees subject to quarantine or self-monitoring should ask for telework or ATO. Those who test positive for COVID-19 should expect leave credits of all types 14 days after the quarantine begins. They may also be eligible for FMLA. Most paid ATO is at least 14 business days in duration. 
 

These general policies vary by specific department, organization, and state. As previously mentioned they are subject to change. Listed below are some of your rights and suggestions to protect yourself:
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UAPD State Bargaining Update #3: Putting Forth Proposals

March 6, 2020

This week the UAPD Bargaining Team’s new meeting schedule went into effect. With two full days of state negotiations, the team is advancing with the State as expeditiously as possible.

Here’s what was brought to the table:

  • The UAPD team put forth important proposals regarding an increase in CME reimbursement amounts, as well as increased time off for CME.
     
  • A proposal was made to have certification examinations and maintenance of certification fees reimbursed by the State.
     
  • We also proposed to support changes in parental leave as well as the ability to share leave.
     
  • Significant items were advanced relating to rest areas and certain types of leave.
     

We are looking to the next meeting to continue pushing forward.

UAPD State Bargaining Update #2: Picking Up The Pace

March 2, 2020

At last Wednesday’s bargaining table meeting, UAPD and state negotiators reached a tentative agreement on nine non-economic articles. Moreover, we secured a hard commitment from the state to prioritize economic issues.

  1. The pace of negotiations will now increase as we will meet with state negotiators twice a week for the duration of bargaining. This demonstrates a shared interest on both sides to reach an agreement. 
     
  2. The state submitted proposals to move forward on additional non-economic items, which we will review prior to our next meeting with negotiators.
     
  3. UAPD will be meeting state department leaders and key budget decision-makers in the ensuing weeks. This will aid in framing the bargaining negotiations at the table.

In addition to these developments, UAPD also objected to the practice of managers/supervisors approving leave on the condition that the employee secures their own coverage for the time they are requesting off.

The California Department of Human Resources (CDHR) communicated that they are not aware of such policies or practices.

If you are having this issue at your local facility regarding release time requests, please contact your union representative.

The next bargaining sessions are scheduled this week on Wednesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 5, at the Sacramento Headquarters Office. 

UAPD State Bargaining Update #1: Kicking Things Off

February 21, 2020
 

UAPD kicked off State bargaining on Wednesday, February 19, 2020.  Introductions of both teams, ground rules, and the February bargaining schedule were established during this first meeting. 

In an unprecedented accomplishment, UAPD was successful in increasing the bargaining committee representatives from 5 to 7, giving our members an increased voice at the table.  Leading the UAPD team is Doug Chiappetta, Executive Director. Doug wasted no time laying out the Union’s top priorities for our doctors.

Priority issues:

  • Wages and Wage Parity
  • Respect and Dignity in the Workplace 
  • Professional Autonomy 
  • PEPRA benefit augmentation
  • Contracting Out 

Your bargaining committee is diverse, vocal, experienced, and energized to bargain the best contract, which will address all of the key issues from the survey responses you provided. 

In the next few weeks union representatives, bargaining committee members, and your colleagues will be distributing campaign materials for you to post at your workplace.  Our campaign theme is “ONE TEAM – ONE FIGHT!”.  Only in unity can we win a strong and fair contract. Let’s spread the energy that was started this week to all of our members in each state facility. 

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UAPD Bargaining 2020: Meet Your Bargaining Team

February 4, 2020

With negotiations set to start in about two weeks, UAPD has been preparing by planning out and assembling its bargaining team.

Today we finalized our team lineup:
Dr. Stuart Bussey
Dr. Simon Hamid  (ASH)
Dr. Bob Bitonte (DSS)
Dr. Ryan Kim (CDCR)
Dr. Peter Dang (Metro)
Dr. Navreet Mann (CDCR)
Dr. Beth Chung (Patton)

Be sure to stay tuned for future updates on negotiations. Any new developments will be both emailed and posted here on the website.

UAPD Bargaining 2020: Survey Results and Upcoming Bargaining Dates

January 28, 2020

The results of the 2020 Bargaining Survey are now in and we’ve heard your voices. Of the ten major bargaining issues presented in the survey, these were the top five chosen to bring to the bargaining table:

#1 Raises & Parity
#2 Pension Protection
#3 Health Benefits
#4 Workload
#5 Recruitment & Retention

Now that we have a clear view of what state members are wanting in a new contract, we can move forward in planning our arguments for the bargaining table.

The first meeting for bargaining between the UAPD and the State will begin at 11 AM on Wednesday, February, 19th at our Sacramento Headquarters office.

Any further updates on negotiations will be both emailed and posted here on the website.

Solano UAPD Membership Ratifies New Agreement

January 22, 2020

With 92% voting in favor of the new contract, UAPD’s Solano Bargaining Team is pleased to announce the ratification of the tentative agreement reached with the County last week. The collective bargaining agreement will now go to the Board of Supervisors for adoption in the near future.

Thank you to all the members for your swift response.

In solidarity,

Himilce Rovirosa, D.D.S.
Rebekah Kim, M.D.
Sarah Altschuler, M.D.
Brian Luellen, M.D.
Nereyda Rivera, Senior Representive
Patricia Hernandez, J.D., Senior Representive

UAPD Meeting with Director of DSH At Napa State Hospital This Friday

January 21, 2020

Upon member request, the Director of DSH will be at Napa State Hospital this upcoming Friday for a meeting. NSH members have been sent details regarding this upcoming Friday’s visit.

If you have any questions regarding the upcoming meeting this Friday, please call the UAPD Northern California HQ office at (916) 442-6977 or email uapd@uapd.com.

Newest San Mateo UAPD Contract is Available

December 30, 2019

The updated Memorandum of Understanding for the County of San Mateo is now online and available in PDF format. SMEP members with mailing addresses on file shall also receive a physical copy of the MOU as a booklet from UAPD in the upcoming weeks.

If you are unsure your mailing address on file is current or have any other questions regarding the contract, please contact UAPD’s Northern California office by phone or e-mail.

UAPD Battles Current Payroll and PEPRA Issues

December 20, 2019

In recent months, the UAPD has approached the State Controller’s Office on behalf of our membership. UAPD members have had the issue of excess pension funds being taken out of their paychecks only to have random checks administered to members by the Controller’s office.

This is an ongoing problem for UAPD and other unions. In addition, other unions (CASE) have voiced their frustrations in publications such as the Sacramento Bee (click here to read the article) regarding not having their pay raises factored into current paychecks.

Please be advised that UAPD remains in “direct contact” with the Controller’s legal staff. Clearly, it will take some time to resolve this matter. The union will prevail in rectifying all Controller issues.