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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

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.

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.

Patton State Hospital Unhinges Their “Matrix”

March 25, 2019

Recently, UAPD met in a Joint Labor-Management Committee to discuss the dissolution of the Matrix.  What was the Matrix? In short, the Matrix was the chain-of-command which Bargaining Unit 16 doctors had to follow at Patton State Hospital.

Doctors had been reporting to a local administrator rather than through a medical chain-of-command or the Chief Medical Officer. Representatives Christopher Ige and Glynnis Golden-Ortiz, along with the Patton membership, were instrumental in effecting this change.

As of March 1, 2019, the Matrix has been abolished.

The Votes Are In: A New UAPD Board Has Been Elected

September 7, 2018

Your votes have been tallied from last month’s UAPD Board elections and here are the results:

Vice Presidents: Ronald H. Lewis, MD, FACP,  and Mubashir A.Farooqi, MD

County Board Members: Rex L. Cheng, MD,  Victoria A. Behrman, MD, Sandhya Radhakrishnan, Pharm.D, Gary Pedneault, MD, and John A. Uyanne, MD

Those Board seats uncontested include: Stuart A. Bussey, MD, JD, PresidentShakalpi Pendurkar, DDS, MPH, Secretary, Peter A. Statti, MD, Treasurer, Milton L. Lorig, MD, JD, Private Practice Sector, State Sector Jeff Nelson, MD, Alex Spinoso, MD and Robert A. Bitonte, MD, JD.

Thanks to all who participated in this triennial democratic exercise of our Union, to those who ran, to those who voted, and to those who have previously served on our Boards. We are a better union for it. I look forward to working with the new Board in the challenges of growing stronger during the post-Janus era. Hope to see you at our upcoming Triennial Convention in San Francisco on October 26th and 27th.

Stuart A. Bussey, MD, JD

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

CSU Victory! A Strong Contract for 2017 -2019

April 25, 2018

Unit 1 unanimously ratified the tentative agreement with CSU.  We are waiting for the May Trustee meeting for the contract to be signed off on.  Pay letters will be sent to the controller in June.   Overall, the unit receives 3% retroactive to July 1, 2017, and 3% in both 2018 and 2019. 

In addition, unit members receive equity based on years of service to get them to the median of the new salary ranges by 2019.  It works out to be roughly an additional 8% for most of our unit members that have more than ten years of CSU service.  The equity pool of three percent was more than any other union was able to negotiate for its members.   We also have 2 new classifications that will help with recruitment and retention and allow the unit to grow.  In total, between 2014 and 2020, Unit 1 will realize a minimum of 19% and a maximum of close to 30%, depending on years of service.  This is quite substantial considering that between 1998 and 2014 there were 12 years where the unit received no raises.

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.