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UAPD Files Charges Against State Hospitals

May 10, 2017

Several months ago, Napa State Hospital management distributed a memorandum to the medical staff stating that they had decided to utilize the Personal Duress Alarm System (PDAS) as the primary method to contact physicians, because management had determined that the hospital’s pager system was unreliable. UAPD was staunchly opposed to this new policy.

After Psych Tech Donna Gross was murdered by a patient on NSH grounds in 2010, enormous efforts went towards winning a host of safety improvements at the State hospitals.  That work continues to the present. The PDAS is a state-of-the-art system chosen, developed, and continuously refined with employee input.  At no time did the state legislature, Cal-OSHA, Coalition unions, or the DSH contemplate any use for PDAS except as a personal alarm. And, as PDAS’s sole purpose is to alert all staff in the vicinity of an emergency request for help due to attack, the system has the potential to save lives. Diverting its use for any other purpose undermines the system’s effectiveness. Nevertheless, recognizing that the hospital’s current pager system indeed is not reliable, the UAPD agreed to meet with DSH in order to negotiate implementation of the new policy.
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State Doctors Weigh In on”Lift and Shift”

January 18, 2017
The Governor’s Proposed Budget for the fiscal year 2017-2018 contains language to have the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and the California Correctional Health Care System assume responsibility for psychiatric programs now run under the auspices of the Department of State Hospitals (DSH-Salinas Valley, DSH-Stockton, and DSH-Vacaville).  The potential transfer is being called “lift and shift” for short.
 
Since the announcement of the “lift and shift”, DSH-Stockton has lost at several psychiatrists.   The department continues to notice the union as new details of the transfer become available.  The UAPD has sent a survey to impacted employees at both CDCR and DSH for feedback on the announcement. A Meet and Confer will be scheduled with both departments to discuss Bargaining Unit 16 (BU16) impact concerns.
 

Rights During an SEIU 1000 Strike

November 29, 2016

UAPD State-employed doctors have asked whether they have the right to strike alongside SEIU workers this coming Monday (aka sympathy strike).  The short answer is no, UAPD-represented doctors do not have the right to engage in a sympathy strike with another union at this time. 

UAPD-doctors who want to support their SEIU colleagues can join them on the picket lines on their own time (e.g. before or after work, or during vacation, CTO, annual leave).  You can read more about the SEIU strike plans here.
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State Must Fix CalPERS Contribution Error

October 2, 2015

Some UAPD members who are subject to the Public Employees’ Pension Reform Act (PEPRA) notified the Union that the CalPERS employee contributions that are being deducted from their paychecks are too high.  It is quite likely that this problem affects more than the handful of doctors who noticed it on their paychecks.  UAPD has been investigating the problem and taking the first steps to resolve it.

Who is Involved?

Doctors who joined CalPERS for the first time after January 1, 2013 (and were not eligible for reciprocity with another California public employer) are subject to changes made by PEPRA.  For just these employees, pensionable salaries are capped at $117,020 (for those participating in Social Security) or $140,424 (for those not covered by Social Security).  Employees who fall under PEPRA may be paying too much in CalPERS contributions.
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Pay Increase for All UAPD State Doctors July 1

May 29, 2015

The next pay increase for UAPD-represented doctors working for the State of California goes into effect on July 1, 2015.  All BU 16 doctors will receive a General Salary Increase on that date.  Please see the information below to determine the amount of your pay increase.  If you have any questions, please contact your labor representative. Read more …

Bills Helping DSH Signed into Law

September 30, 2014

For several years UAPD members and staff have been working to improve employee and patient safety at the Department of State Hospitals (DSH).  Alongside other unions representing DSH workers, UAPD has been promoting legislation aimed at curbing violence and assaults inside DSH.  Several of those bills were passed into law this year.  This is a major victory, and a significant step forward in our campaign to curb violence against doctors and other medical professionals.  It’s also an example of what can be accomplished when doctors, the UAPD and AFSCME legislative departments, and our professional staff work together as we have done here.
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Some BU 16 Doctors Still Waiting for CME Payment

February 19, 2014

Most of the Bargaining Unit 16 doctors who are eligible to receive an automatic payout of $1000 in CME funds have received their checks from the State.   However, doctors in some facilities are still waiting for payment.  UAPD has contacted CalHR to urge them to work with the affected departments to issue those checks quickly.  We will update you about their response.
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New CME Rules Go Into Effect for State BU 16

January 31, 2014

During the last negotiations, UAPD bargained new language regarding Continuing Medical Education (CME) payments for physicians, podiatrists, and dentists (Article 10.13).  The new language says that the State will automatically pay $1000 for CME to each full-time doctor (and a pro-rated amount for part time doctors) each fiscal year.  The new language phases out the cumbersome process doctors used to request CME reimbursement in the past.

The State and the Union have met several times since the contract was ratified in order to finalize details for implementing the new CME language.  Below is a summary of the most important aspects of that plan.
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State Barganing Unit 16 Contract Now Online

December 19, 2013

The new contract for state-employed doctors has been finalized.  You can download the new contract here (PDF) and read a summary of it here.  A paper copy will be mailed to UAPD members in January.

More Safety Measures Implemented at DSH

December 19, 2013

UAPD continues to push for safety enhancements at all of the Department of State Hospital (DSH) facilities.  Patton State Hospital recently launched a comprehensive personal alarm system similar to the one installed at Napa State Hospital in 2012.  In addition, a UAPD-backed bill to require the hospitals to create enhanced treatment units with higher security for the most violent patients is currently being considered by the State legislature.  Safety is a key concern of UAPD members at DSH.  The latest issue of  “Governing” notes that state workers in nursing and health care facilities have the highest workers compensation injury rates in America — 13.1 injuries per 100 employees per year.  That is higher than police officers or fire fighters.

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