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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.

Why UAPD?

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.

 

WHAT UAPD OFFERs

Legislative Advocacy

Every year UAPD sponsors and endorses state legislature bills that are beneficial to working doctors and those they care for.

Legal Expertise

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

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.

Professional Staff

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.

READY TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP?

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

UNION DOCTOR NEWS

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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 year progressed, our members demanded 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