Start a New Union

Who Can Join a Union?

Any doctor who is an employee has the right to join a labor union. This includes doctors directly employed by state or county agencies as well as by for-profit and non-profit private employers. While most UAPD-represented doctors work in California and Washington, we are helping doctors in other states to organize unions as well.

Why Unionize?

Unionization puts doctors back where they belong—in control of their work and with a leading role in health care. UAPD helps doctors negotiate improvements in their salaries, fringe benefits, job security, and working conditions. We can help doctors regain job satisfaction and improve the quality of the medical care that they deliver.


UAPD has successfully represented doctors for nearly 50 years. Affiliated with the 1.3 million member American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), UAPD can draw on extensive lobbying, research, and organizing power to support its efforts on behalf of doctors.





UAPD has negotiated major salary increases for its members in every bargaining unit that it represents.


UAPD members have “Just Cause” protections against unfair discipline and dismissal (learn more about Just Cause). Union members also have the right to representation in disciplinary meetings (learn more about Weingarten Rights).


UAPD has negotiated shorter work weeks and more reasonable work loads for many of its members.


UAPD has negotiated improvements on pension plans, health and dental insurance, educational leave, malpractice coverage, and other benefits for thousands of members.


Because regaining control over the quality of care is a top priority for medical professionals, UAPD has negotiated contracts that give ultimate authority to medical staff.


UAPD is affiliated with the American Federation of State and County Employees and AFL-CIO.  These affiliations with larger groups have helped UAPD lobby more effectively for its members in Sacramento and Washington.


UAPD organizers can answer all your questions. Use our online contact form or call us at 1-800-585-6977.


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The experienced, professional labor negotiators on staff with UAPD know the issues of salaried doctors inside and out. They have the expertise to get the job done. No other union even comes close.

Your Right to Organize

People who are organizing a new union have many rights and protections under the law. Here are some basic facts.

Legal and Legislative

UAPD stewards and staff get advice and support from experienced labor attorneys and lobbyists.

Doctor Leadership

UAPD is a democratically-run union governed by an elected executive board composed entirely of our members. All contracts must be ratified by the members working for that employer.


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For Health Care Workers, The Pandemic Is Fueling Renewed Interest In Unions KNPR – Nevada In September, after six months of exhausting work battling the pandemic, nurses at Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C., voted to unionize. The vote passed with 70%, a high margin of victory in a historically anti-union state, according to academic experts …

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Union members can save thousands of dollars on products and services by taking advantage of discounts provided to union members by Union Plus and AFSCME Advantage.

As the years progress, our members demand to have a stronger voice in health decisions affecting their patients, especially concerning public health decisions.

– UAPD President Stuart Bussey, MD, JD

With greater strength and diversity comes an opportunity and responsibility to comment upon health issues that affect our members, their patients, and the public in general.

– UAPD President Stuart A. Bussey, MD, JD

Traditional physician interactions are being altered in this 21st-century pandemic.

– UAPD President Stuart A. Bussey, MD, JD