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UAPD Files for Two New Unions in Washington State

March 24, 2017

Doctors, nurse practitioners, and physician assistants working for Indigo Urgent Care and MultiCare Legacy Urgetn Care clinics filed union recognition petitions with the National Labor Relations Board in March.  Kate Martin covered the growing momentum to unionize Washington State doctors in The News Tribune.

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Auburn Medical Center Bargaining Update

February 12, 2017

UAPD and MultiCare Health System met for the second day of negotiations on Thursday February 9.  Over the course of two bargaining sessions, UAPD had eight physician members directly participating  at the table. Over the course of these two dates, both parties traded proposals on contractual and procedural topics. UAPD has passed proposals on a recognition clause, grievance process, leaves of absences, successorship, whistleblower protections, discipline assuring a “Just cause” standard and more. Discussions at the table have been respectful and informative.

One continuing and important topic is the question of which doctors are to be included in the bargaining unit.  From day one UAPD has been committed to defining the bargaining unit appropriately.  During the the union election process, MHS attempted to put more physicians into the unit than UAPD thought appropriate. MHS lists have ranged from over 144 physicians to 77. The good news is that we are discussing this Issue at the table and hopefully will be able to come to an agreement soon.

Your UAPD Negotiation Team will work hard to get all of the contract AMC doctors clearly deserve. And we will continue to update you after each negotiation session and when issues arise.

 

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Negotiations Update for Washington Doctors

January 18, 2017

Negotiations are beginning for your first contract at Auburn Medical Center.  The team is scheduled to meet with management the morning of January 26, 2017.  This first negotiation session will be to introduce the UAPD and AMC teams, discuss dates going forward, and go over preliminary procedural issues.

UAPD’s initial proposals are still being developed and the team is getting input from doctors.  They meeting with doctors in all clinical areas to listen to ideas and understand concerns regarding all aspects of wages, hours, and working conditions.

AMC doctors with questions can contact  Laura Anderson at (253) 244-7797.

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UAPD Opens Office in Washington State

December 8, 2016

UAPD Washington State Office
708 Broadway
Suites 300 D and F
Tacoma, WA 98402
253-244-7797
washington@uapd.com

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Tacoma Doctors Join UAPD

October 21, 2016

Tacoma – The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will soon certify a new union for doctors working at Auburn Medical Center (AMC) in Tacoma, Washington.   At the vote count conducted on October 13 at the NLRB Region 19 offices in Seattle, a strong majority of the ballots cast by AMC doctors were in favor of the union.  The new union will include a range of specialists including hospitalists, pediatricians, surgeons, and OB/GYNs.

This is believed to be the first time a group of private sector doctors in Washington State have unionized.  Doctors in California have been union members for decades, but the trend is only now starting to spread to the Pacific Northwest.  Last year, a group of hospital doctors in Springfield, Oregon joined the union that represents other heath care workers at their facility.  The Union of American Physicians and Dentists, which will represent Auburn Medical Center doctors, is speaking with other doctors in the region who are interested in forming unions of their own.  According to UAPD President Stuart Bussey, MD, “Doctors now realize that only by unionizing can they stand up to hospital administrations that focus on efficiency and cost-cutting at the expense of patient care.”

Reflecting on the vote, Dr. Bussey continued, “There’s obviously a good deal of solidarity among the physicians who work at Auburn.  Other physicians thinking about unionizing should feel encouraged by what they’ve been able to do. ”

Virginia Stowell, MD, a surgeon at the nearby Tacoma General Hospital, was pleased to hear the news from AMC. “We were watching the election closely, and we are thrilled with the results.  We will continue to organize more physicians and fight for physician-directed care in Washington.”

After the election results are certified on Thursday, AMC doctors will begin preparations for their first negotiations with their employer, MultiCare Health System.  MultiCare, which purchased AMC in 2012, owns and operates five hospitals and multiple clinics in the Tacoma area.

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Tacoma Paper Covers Union Drive

September 24, 2016

The News Tribune today printed an article entitled “Auburn Medical Center doctors working to unionize physicians.”  From that article:

Neil Partain, a hospitalist at the Auburn hospital, agreed that a union seems potentially the most effective option for becoming part of Multicare administrative decisions.

“We’ve slowly learned that if we want to stay relevant with how patients are taken care of and the decisions that are made within the organization, we have to be able to come together as one voice and be heard by the company,” said Partain, who has been with Multicare for three years.

The article also quotes Dr. Virginia Stowell, who delineates some of the goals of this unionization effort:
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