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UAPD Corrects Underpayments to UC Doctors

March 24, 2017

The UAPD contract guaranteed lump-sum payments for student health center doctors, giving retroactive raises for the period during which contract negotiations took place. The ten campuses issued these payments at various times in the months after bargaining concluded. Soon after, UAPD heard from members at several campuses who were concerned they had not received the full amount they were due.

To address that concern, UAPD first reached a common understanding with UCOP on the correct methodology to calculate the retroactive payments.  The Union eventually secured spreadsheets from the payroll departments on each campus showing the methodologies they used and the results. The Union did a detailed audit of those calculations, which showed that while a few campuses had calculated the payments correctly, most campuses had made mistakes resulting in underpayments to doctors. Those underpayments ranged from $3.82 (for people who were first employed late in the retroactive period) to $8,737 (for someone whose retroactive payment and a subsequent raise were completely missed).
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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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UAPD Pursues Salary Corrections at UC

July 2, 2016

All University of California student health center doctors represented by UAPD received a 3% raise effective Friday, July 1st.  This marks the third salary increase in the UAPD contract, totaling a minimum of 10%, and significantly more for doctors at five campuses who were previously below negotiated minimum salaries or who received equity adjustments.

UAPD members will recall that the contract also provided for retroactive lump sum payments.   All of the campuses issued the lump sum payments by November 2015, and earlier this year, UAPD began a careful review of each campuses’ calculations. The Union found a structural error in most payroll departments’ methodologies, whereby doctors were not paid for two months of the first retroactive period. UAPD has been working with the Office of the President since that time to ensure that the missing amounts are issued and all doctors receive the full retroactive payments they are due.

As a result, some campuses are issuing corrective payments now and the others will follow soon thereafter. UAPD will send another announcement when the final correct amounts are documented so that any member unsure of their retroactive payment can verify it with the Union.

UAPD Lobbies Against UC Pension Attacks

April 22, 2016

On Wednesday April 20, UAPD joined AFSCME 3299, the California Nurses’ Association, and the Teamsters in a united lobbying effort against a proposed attack on the University of California pension. Ten teams of employees and staff met with 54 legislators and key staffers, explaining the problem and urging them to sign a letter demanding that UC’s proposition 2 funding for fiscal year 2016-2017 be contingent on elimination of the 401(k) opt-out.  Since the Assembly Speaker, Senate President, and Lt. Governor all signed letters opposing the opt-out, we are hopeful that with continued pressure, the legislature will agree to compel UC to do the right thing.

UAPD members will remember that the Coalition of UC Unions strongly oppose UC president Janet Napolitano’s Task Force’s recommendation to introduce caps on pensionable salary for all employees hired on or after July 1, 2016. You can read the emails describing those efforts and see UAPD President Stuart Bussey’s testimony here: January 15 email and January 29 email.
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Meet President Saunders at Tang Center

April 13, 2016

AFSCME President Lee Saunders traveled around the Bay Area talking to union members about their jobs. President Saunders met with University of California Student Health Doctors, UAPD President Stuart A. Bussey, M.D., and UAPD staff at the International House on the UC Berkeley Campus. This was a great opportunity to bring doctor issues directly to the President of a 1.4 million member union.  UAPD is a proud affiliate of AFSCME, which provided a great deal of support during UC doctors strike.

UC Doctors Win Historic First Contract

July 20, 2015

After 16 months of negotiations that included 53 bargaining sessions and two strikes, doctors at the UC Student Health Centers settled their first contract with the University of California in June.  Doctors ratified the agreement on July 20th.  While it was a long and difficult negotiation, the team won language that will significantly improve conditions for all UC doctors.  All doctors’ pay will increase by at least 7.1% within two weeks of ratification.  Moreover, the doctors succeeded in making their first raise retroactive to last year, regaining the money that was on hold while negotiations were ongoing.   The contract also set a new minimum salary and brought all doctors up to that level, with retroactivity to last year.  UC had long resisted setting a minimum salary for current employees and making the initial raises retroactive.  However, doctors showed a steadfastness throughout this long process that convinced UC they had no choice.

In addition to the economic improvements, the TA contains language to help doctors navigate the increasingly difficult campus health environment.  For one, the large number of “contract” physicians who were working half-time or more have now been made permanent “career” employees with all the benefits and protections that includes.  As unionized workers, all doctors will have protections against unfair discipline or dismissal, as well as a strong grievance procedure to make sure all of the contract terms are enforced.  Doctors will also be able to call regular meetings with health center management to discuss problems before they get out of hand.  All in all, the Agreement is a very positive first step for student health and counseling center doctors.

UC Doctors Strike Again

April 24, 2015

Beginning April 9th and lasting until April 14th, UAPD doctors were on strike against the University of California to protest unfair labor practices committed during the year-long bargaining for a first contract.  In addition to picketing the student health centers in Los Angeles and Berkeley, doctors protested at Cal Day, Bruin Day, and Celebrate Irvine, the days when UC welcomes new students to campus.  There were several rallies featuring doctors and students (including one student who thanked a striking doctor for saving her life), and a march on the chancellor’s office at both Los Angeles and UC Berkeley.  There was even a plane towing banners in support of the doctors at most events.

The press coverage of the action continued to be strong — the story was seen by more than 4 million viewers on TV newscasts and featured in both the LA Times and The San Francisco Chronicle.   Everyone has been sympathetic to the doctors, who are fighting to ensure that students can receive quality health care on campus.

View Strike Photos

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Sample of Print Coverage

OC Register    UC student doctors’ strike hits region

Santa Monica Mirror    Striking Doctors, Dentists To Picket Outside UCLA Campus In Westwood Monday

SF Chronicle:  In Rare Move UC Campus Doctors Plan 4 Day Walkout

California Healthline:  Doctor Strike May Be Harbinger of Reform Era Labor Problems

Los Angeles Times:  Doctors at UC student health clinics start strike

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UAPD Calls More Strikes Against UC

April 3, 2015

On April 2nd, UAPD gave the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) formal notice that we will hold an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike in Southern California as well as Northern California.  On the Southern California campuses (Los Angeles, San Diego, Irvine, Riverside, and Santa Barbara), the strike will begin on Saturday, April 11th at 7:00 am and end on Wednesday April 15th at 7:00 am.  All Southern California doctors will return for their regular shifts on Wednesday April 15th.

As previously announced, for Northern California campuses (Berkeley, Davis, Santa Cruz, San Francisco, and Merced), the strike will start on Thursday, April 9th, at 7:00 am, run through the weekend, and end Monday, April 13th at 7:00 am.  All Northern California doctors will return for their regular shifts on Monday, April 13th.

Picket line times and locations.

Here is a FAQ for strikers.

Press Coverage of UAPD Strike Against UC

January 29, 2015

Dozens of newspapers sent reporters and photographers to cover the story.  Here is some of the coverage so far:

The story was covered extensively by TV news and radio stations up and down the state.  Some stations have already posted videos:

KTTV Los Angeles
KABC Los Angeles
Fox 5 San Diego
7 San Diego
CBS 8 San Diego

Last but not least, the UAPD strike got 3500 “Likes” on Facebook!

 

UC Strike Called for January 27th

January 20, 2015

Download Strike Flyer – Picket and Rally Locations (PDF)

FAQ for Striking Doctors (PDF)

Press Release Picket Line Locations (PDF)

Press Release Ten Day Notice (PDF)

The Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) has given the University of California Office of the President (UCOP) notice that doctors employed by its student health centers will hold a one-day Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike on Tuesday, January 27th, starting at 7:30 am.

The student health doctors, who organized their union with UAPD in 2013, are currently bargaining with UC for a first contract.  In a series of membership meetings in December, over 90% of the student health doctors voted in favor of striking.

UAPD has filed multiple ULP charges against UC with the Public Employment Relations Board (PERB).  UC’s behavior has made it impossible to reach a fair agreement at the negotiating table, even after a full year of negotiations, 41 bargaining sessions, and the UAPD team’s continuous effort to find middle ground.

“A ULP strike is the only way to compel UC to follow the laws that govern bargaining,” explained UAPD President Stuart A. Bussey, M.D..  “Unfortunately, UC has a history of disrespecting workers during negotiations, and we’re no exception to that.”

Charles McDaniel, M.D., a psychiatrist who works at UCLA, said, “We organized a union so that UC would respect doctors, and take seriously its obligation to provide health care, including adequate mental health services, to the students.  We have been trying to reach an agreement at the bargaining table, but UC’s ongoing unfair labor practices are standing in the way of that.”

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