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Scenes from the 2012 Triennial Convention

November 12, 2012

More than 200 people assembled at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel in San Francisco the first weekend in November for a very special Triennial Convention, marking the 40th anniversary of UAPD.  The weekend opened with a four-credit CME on addiction that was well-received by UAPD members.  Separate statewide meetings for each sector (State, County and Clinic, Private Practice, CSU, and Retirees) provided a forum for members to share news and discuss strategies for handling joint concerns.  During Friday night’s cocktail party, the Swinging Blue Stars of the U.S.S. Hornet serenaded guests in the Starlight Room amidst panoramic views of the city.
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In CalPERS? Learn About Air Time

November 7, 2012

Most of the changes to CalPERS associated with the passage of AB 340 do not affect current employees.  One change that does affect current employees regards Additional Retirement Service Credit (ARSC), more commonly known as “Air Time.”

According to the CalPERS website:

Effective January 1, 2013, Additional Retirement Service Credit (ARSC) is being eliminated as a service credit purchase option, due to the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act of 2013. Only ARSC requests received in a CalPERS office on or before December 31, 2012, will be processed.

All UAPD members who participate in CalPERS are encouraged to go to the ARSC section of the CalPERS website to find out if purchasing Air Time service credit makes sense for them.  Those who might be interested in buying Air Time service credit must file their request with CalPERS before the end of 2012.

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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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Worker Outcry Leads to Change in Napa Alarm Policy

August 17, 2012

After a patient tried to choke a worker Wednesday with the lanyard holding a new alarm, the facility will now allow employees to wear them on a belt-loop clip.

The attack on a psychiatric technician demonstrated with eerie precision the risk that employees had warned of.

Read full story at Los Angeles Times.

Register for the UAPD Triennial Convention

July 26, 2012

All union members are invited to the UAPD Triennial Convention and 40th Anniversary Celebration in San Francisco on November 2-3, 2012.

To attend, send back the registration form that has been mailed to your home or REGISTER ONLINE HERE.  Exact event times are listed on both registration forms.

All events are free for UAPD members.  Members are responsible for paying their own hotel and transportation costs, though UAPD will cover those costs for stewards, bargaining team members, board members, and elected delegates.  If you have a question about whether you qualify, contact your labor representative.
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Bargaining Unit 16 Reaches New Agreement with State

June 22, 2012

After several meetings, UAPD  reached a side-letter agreement with the State of California regarding the 2012-2013 budget.  Because the overwhelming majority of UAPD members who participated in the online survey and telephone town hall meeting said they preferred taking some form of personal leave days rather than the 38-hour work week originally proposed by the Governor,  UAPD fought to shape the agreement along those lines.  Almost every member agreed that the concessions should expire at the end of the budgetary year, and that they should not affect retirement benefits now or in the future.  We were able to secure those terms as well.  While no one likes making concessions, the team hopes that members will be consoled by the fact that they  have taken the least-objectionable form.

In exchange, UAPD has been granted two improvements.  The first is a one-year postponement of members’ 0.5% contribution towards retiree health care, which was originally scheduled to start July 1, 2012.  The second is a promising new committee charged with resolving the contractor problem that plagues many of the departments where doctors work.  Please read on for more details.

UAPD members are invited to participate in a telephone town hall meeting on this topic Wednesday, June 27th, at 7 pm.  Further information about the call will be emailed to members who have a current e-mail address on file with UAPD.

Details of the 5% Side Letter Agreement

Update your contact info here.

UAPD Turns Forty

April 18, 2012

April 18th: An Earthshaking Date in SF

People in San Francisco recently remembered April 18th as the anniversary of the Great 1906 Earthquake. But an important aftershock occurred in SF on this date in 1972, exactly 40 years ago…the UAPD was born. Dr. Sanford Marcus, a local surgeon supported by 250 private physicians and dentists signed the Charter of the Union of American Physicians and Dentists. This excerpted mission statement rings truer than ever today   “…to enable doctors to give of themselves, unhindered by extraneous forces, for the welfare of their patients…” Dr. Marcus was angry at the way doctors were “pushed off the pedestal” and manipulated by hospitals and insurance companies.

As health care has evolved into a $3 trillion enterprise these forces have become more complex and ubiquitous. Pharmaceutical and durable companies, ancillary competitors, EHR and telehealth technologies, managed care administrators and execs all seek their share of the pie. The cornerstone of our profession , the doctor- patient relationship, has been compromised. The largest force of all is Government. Regulations, forms, oversight, healthcare lobbies and class action suits. And importantly for UAPD, Government as our Employer.

UAPD has had its share of successes over the decades fighting for our members. In 1975 we orchestrated the Anesthesiologists’ strike which led to MICRA reform. In the 1980s we formed SEPA and established collective bargaining  for State employees. We stood alone and stood down Governor Pete Wilson in his attempt to destroy unions and collective bargaining. In 1997 under President Weinmann we affiliated with our influential parent union, AFSCME. We formed our own Private IPA. We showed great resolve in regaining our LA County unit after they were discriminated against. Our détente with the prison receivers resulted in great salary increases for our members. Our coalition with other unions has exposed the safety problems of DMH. We continue to organize other California counties and nonprofit clinics. Our efforts to grow now extend into Oregon and Arizona. In numbers there is strength.

And yes, there have been bumps in the road.  The Terminator. Furloughs and layoffs.  Hospital closures.  Adverse publicity. Professional jealousy.  Increasing workloads. But none of these tarnish your sacrifice and dedication to society and your colleagues, the wisdom,vision and courage that you all possess in doing your difficult and noble jobs as doctors. Doctors with the foresight to belong to UAPD, still great after 40 years.

In Solidarity,

Stuart A. Bussey, MD, JD, UAPD President

UAPD Welcomes New Group

April 5, 2012

The doctors, nurse practitioners and physicians assistants employed by the Santa Barbara Neighborhood Clinics are the latest to join UAPD’s growing clinic sector.  The group will begin negotiating its first union contract in the coming months.

UAPD President Gives Testimony Against Contracting

February 22, 2012

On February 21, 2012 the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on State Administration held an oversight hearing on the contracting out of State work.  UAPD President Dr. Stuart Bussey presented testimony about why contracting out of doctor services presents a problem for all Californians.  Dr. Bussey presented evidence that:

Even with full benefits and a State retirement contribution of 18% there is still a monetary savings of about 29% that comes from using civil servant doctors.

He also argued that:

Another troubling State liability regarding contracted employees is that they could demand to be granted retroactive service credits, benefits, even pensions, if they were to seek legal reclassification as civil service employees.

Dr. Bussey presented a list of solutions that included passing the UAPD-sponsored Public Employee Bill of Rights (AB 1655), directing more effort towards recruitment and retention of civil servants, and limiting the circumstances and time period for which a contractor can be used.

Download Dr. Bussey’s Testimony (pdf)

TA Reached in Santa Cruz

February 16, 2012

On February 14th, the UAPD Bargaining Team signed a Tentative Agreement in Santa Cruz County.  Some gains were made and concessions were held to a minimum, which includes protecting the existing retiree health benefit for all bargaining unit members and retirees.  All contract changes are summarized below and the exact language can be found here.  Questions or comments can be directed towards any Bargaining Team member (Sue Wilson, Dr. Patrick Teverbaugh, Dr. Jeffrey Young).  The UAPD Bargaining Team strongly encourages ratification of this contract. 

Ratification ballots were mailed to Santa Cruz members on February 17th and are due back February 29th.  Call 1-800-622-0909 if you are a Santa Cruz county member and did not receive a ballot. Read more …