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UAPD Pulse: Taking Action and Presenting Options for State Negotiations

May 18, 2020

By Stuart Bussey, MD, JD, UAPD President

You have no doubt heard about the Governor’s budget which includes a 54 billion dollar deficit and a 10% proposed cut to all state employees, including yourself. I have already heard from some of you and share your concerns. The union does not intend to stand idly by while the State tries to cut your hard-earned salaries.

We resume bargaining this Thursday morning and will ask the state to adopt a number of ideas that are described in an article that I plan to get into the press. These ideas basically involve moving money our bargaining unit’s salary savings into your pocket as an employee. There are also various ways to backload money and preserve pensions… even if there are furloughs. Our bargaining team is creative but welcomes any responses or ideas you may have in order to avoid these cuts. It may be little solace to realize that there are even greater cuts to physician and dentists’ salaries all across the country. UAPD will do its best to soften the blow and be proactive. The economy will pick up eventually and we will emerge in better shape.

We will be sending you a Survey Monkey soon to further ascertain any ideas or actions you may be willing to take that would help our negotiations. Meanwhile, stay healthy, stay safe, and strong and work smart! Your union stands with you.

Cases of COVID-19 Enter the Dozens For CDCR Employees

April 6, 2020

Fifty-three employees for California state prisons have tested positive for COVID-19, according to new figures released on Sunday.

The California Institute for Men (CIM), in Chino, had 16 reported cases, the most among the state’s 18 facilities — including prisons and other offices — where employees have reported positive tests, according to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

California State Prison, Sacramento had 5 positive tests and Folsom State Prison had 4, according to a tally the corrections department keeps on its website.

Among the offices with a positive test is the department’s headquarters at 1515 S Street, according to an email sent to employees in the building Friday.

The number is up from a dozen workers on March 26.

After staff members test positive, the corrections department restricts movement at their institutions and works to identify who the infected person has been in contact with, according to the department. The institutions restrict movement and quarantine people determined to be at risk.

Employees at the institutions are screened for COVID-like symptoms at the gates and turned away if they have symptoms, the department has said.

The corrections department has published extensive guidance for employees at its website, including instructions for keeping home and work surfaces clean, keeping in communication with loved ones during the pandemic and talking to children about what is happening at https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/covid19/information/.

UAPD State Bargaining Update #4: UAPD Makes the News

March 26, 2020

Given Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent “stay in place” directive, your UAPD Bargaining Team has been meeting “virtually” every Wednesday and Thursday, without interruption.  The team has worked on critical issues ranging from Cost of Living Increases; Contracting Out; Pay Parity; Professional Judgment; Health and Safety; Transfers; and Additional Appointments. 

In related news, on March 9th, UAPD testified before the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Public Safety. The hearing showcased the States abuse of the  “contracting out process” while maintaining a high vacancy rate for “rank and file” physicians. UAPD bargaining team member, Dr. Navreet Mann, CDCR Psychiatry, represented the union during the proceedings. 

On March 19th, UAPD held a “meet and confer” with CDCR regarding “on-call for telemedicine”. The union continues to spar with the Department over its objections to call for volunteers before mandating on-call from its telemedicine doctors. UAPD as asked that the Department to delay the April 1st implementation date until proper procedures are in place. UAPD has a tentative follow up meeting on April 3rd.

These difficult times have exposed many issues in the workplace that UAPD will fight to address in state negotiations. COVID-19 continues to change work environments by the hour. UAPD will work with great vigilance in making your voices heard! 

A Letter From Ralph Diaz Re: COVID-19

March 23, 2020

Click the first page below to see the full document

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.

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.