State Controller Office Payroll Adjustments

July 29, 2020

This is to inform you of a payroll adjustment concerning July payroll retirement deductions.

Immediately upon reaching labor agreements in response to the 2020-2021 Budget, the State Controller’s Office (SCO), Personnel and Payroll Services Division (PPSD) began implementing an unprecedented number of modifications to the Uniform State Payroll System.

Among the system changes, SCO updated the calculation of payroll to process salary reductions specific to the Personal Leave Program (PLP) and/or the Furlough programs.  A miscalculation occurred in the way that the gross subject to retirement deduction amount is calculated on an individual’s Employment History record. As a result, the July payroll retirement withholding amount was less than what it should have been for employees who were subject to PLP or Furlough with payments issued between July 8 – 23, 2020.

The miscalculation affected the employee and employer share of the retirement deductions.  Depending on the employee’s circumstances, the calculation varies.  The employee share amount ranges based on the gross subject to retirement amount but is estimated to be between approximately $.01 to $100, depending on the amount of retirement deduction.

PPSD has corrected the calculation and payroll will process accurately, beginning with all payments issued July 24, 2020 and forward.  PPSD will process retirement adjustments with the August 2020 payroll to correct the July 2020 payroll discrepancy.  The adjustment will be shown as deduction *PERS ADJ on the earnings statements located on the Cal Employee Connect portal. 

Please contact the assigned CalHR labor relations officer if you have any questions.

 

The Wait Is Over: New Bargaining Unit 16 Agreement Overwhelmingly Ratified by UAPD Members

July 2, 2020

The results of the state ratification vote are in: With a 94% approval rating and overall positive response from the members, the bargaining team is pleased to announce the ratification of the new tentative agreement reached with the state.

UAPD Pulse: Taking Action and Presenting Options for State Negotiations

May 18, 2020

By Stuart Bussey, MD, JD, UAPD President

You have no doubt heard about the Governor’s budget which includes a 54 billion dollar deficit and a 10% proposed cut to all state employees, including yourself. I have already heard from some of you and share your concerns. The union does not intend to stand idly by while the State tries to cut your hard-earned salaries.

We resume bargaining this Thursday morning and will ask the state to adopt a number of ideas that are described in an article that I plan to get into the press. These ideas basically involve moving money our bargaining unit’s salary savings into your pocket as an employee. There are also various ways to backload money and preserve pensions… even if there are furloughs. Our bargaining team is creative but welcomes any responses or ideas you may have in order to avoid these cuts. It may be little solace to realize that there are even greater cuts to physician and dentists’ salaries all across the country. UAPD will do its best to soften the blow and be proactive. The economy will pick up eventually and we will emerge in better shape.

We will be sending you a Survey Monkey soon to further ascertain any ideas or actions you may be willing to take that would help our negotiations. Meanwhile, stay healthy, stay safe, and strong and work smart! Your union stands with you.

Cases of COVID-19 Enter the Dozens For CDCR Employees

April 6, 2020

Fifty-three employees for California state prisons have tested positive for COVID-19, according to new figures released on Sunday.

The California Institute for Men (CIM), in Chino, had 16 reported cases, the most among the state’s 18 facilities — including prisons and other offices — where employees have reported positive tests, according to the Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.

California State Prison, Sacramento had 5 positive tests and Folsom State Prison had 4, according to a tally the corrections department keeps on its website.

Among the offices with a positive test is the department’s headquarters at 1515 S Street, according to an email sent to employees in the building Friday.

The number is up from a dozen workers on March 26.

After staff members test positive, the corrections department restricts movement at their institutions and works to identify who the infected person has been in contact with, according to the department. The institutions restrict movement and quarantine people determined to be at risk.

Employees at the institutions are screened for COVID-like symptoms at the gates and turned away if they have symptoms, the department has said.

The corrections department has published extensive guidance for employees at its website, including instructions for keeping home and work surfaces clean, keeping in communication with loved ones during the pandemic and talking to children about what is happening at https://www.cdcr.ca.gov/covid19/information/.

We Are Heroes In Harm’s Way

March 24, 2020

For the past few weeks, we have experienced the intersection of panic, uncertainty, and bureaucratic indifference. The coronavirus has exposed a country slow on the trigger and unprepared to deal with a public health crisis. The bureaucrats and administrators who “manage” our health care institutions are scurrying to put on a good face and reassure those who are on the front lines that help is on the way. They need you to stay on the job so they can keep theirs.

Their propaganda can go only so far when a person’s health and survival are on the line. UAPD has received anecdotal reports that some of our members have been asked to see routine or non-emergent patients, and often, they are not provided with adequate PPE to protect them. Would you ask a soldier to go into combat without proper gear? Or a fireman? Social distancing, triage principles, and even the published policies of our state and county health officials are at odds with what supervisors are telling our members. They have promised to maximize telehealth opportunities. They have promised to screen all patients. If you feel that you are being placed in a dangerous position with sick patients and/or inadequate PPE, UAPD wants to know about this. Please use the attached forms below to document these cases and email them to us at uapd.com. Your decision to be in harm’s way with a patient should be based on both ethics and logic. Your professional judgment and the Hippocratic phrase “Do no harm” also refers to YOU, the healer. If you are not well, the patient and the system will not be well. If you are sick, test positive, elderly or have someone at home who is compromised, you should not be at work. Use your sick leave, FMLA, or ask for ATO. If you are asked to participate in care that is dangerous to you or the patient, complete the Corona Incident Report or the DDO, “Directive Despite Objection” and send it to UAPD. We will use this evidence to try to force a change in policy

Another way to have a voice in the “Corona era” would be to form a Corona policy committee in your institution to address telework, screening, and PPE, etc. These task forces should be composed of half administrators, half rank and file doctors and providers. A petition form will be on the website in a few days. Please sign it and return it.

Next Monday, March 30 is National Doctors’ Day. UAPD wants to tell the world about the heroes that work to help and heal in these days of crisis— whether those patients are in our counties, state prisons and hospitals or those who work in the private sector. Please nominate or tell us about yourself or a colleague that has gone the extra mile to help our patients. We will contact them this week to be part of a live press conference next Monday to make the public aware of what you do for them and what they should do for you. Please send us these nominations ASAP via email or to me at sabussey@aol.com. Meanwhile, if you have questions, please call your union representative for help.

Thank you. Stay Safe, Work Smart!

Stuart Bussey, MD, JD
UAPD President

UAPD State Bargaining Update #4: UAPD Makes the News

March 26, 2020

Given Governor Gavin Newsom’s recent “stay in place” directive, your UAPD Bargaining Team has been meeting “virtually” every Wednesday and Thursday, without interruption.  The team has worked on critical issues ranging from Cost of Living Increases; Contracting Out; Pay Parity; Professional Judgment; Health and Safety; Transfers; and Additional Appointments. 

In related news, on March 9th, UAPD testified before the Assembly Budget Subcommittee on Public Safety. The hearing showcased the States abuse of the  “contracting out process” while maintaining a high vacancy rate for “rank and file” physicians. UAPD bargaining team member, Dr. Navreet Mann, CDCR Psychiatry, represented the union during the proceedings. 

On March 19th, UAPD held a “meet and confer” with CDCR regarding “on-call for telemedicine”. The union continues to spar with the Department over its objections to call for volunteers before mandating on-call from its telemedicine doctors. UAPD as asked that the Department to delay the April 1st implementation date until proper procedures are in place. UAPD has a tentative follow up meeting on April 3rd.

These difficult times have exposed many issues in the workplace that UAPD will fight to address in state negotiations. COVID-19 continues to change work environments by the hour. UAPD will work with great vigilance in making your voices heard! 

A Letter From Ralph Diaz Re: COVID-19

March 23, 2020

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An Important Message for All UAPD Members Regarding COVID-19

March 17, 2020
Covid-19 is causing major changes to the way that we go about our lives and work as health care professionals. Social distancing and telework can be difficult to achieve, depending upon your particular workplace. Here are some general work guidelines for UAPD workers, distilled from individual departments, organizations, and government edicts.
 
Employees at Highest Risk
 
As the disease progresses, morbidity and mortality of various age groups will become clearer. What is currently accepted is that people over 65 and those with chronic conditions are highest risk for poorer outcomes. If you are in this category, you can request all viable options for flexible scheduling and telework. You can request leaves of all types if your position is not conducive to working from home. Paid administrative leave (ATO) should be requested if you have no leave balances and face hardship due to illness, caring for sick family members or children whose schools have closed. Employees subject to quarantine or self-monitoring should ask for telework or ATO. Those who test positive for COVID-19 should expect leave credits of all types 14 days after the quarantine begins. They may also be eligible for FMLA. Most paid ATO is at least 14 business days in duration. 
 

These general policies vary by specific department, organization, and state. As previously mentioned they are subject to change. Listed below are some of your rights and suggestions to protect yourself:
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UAPD State Bargaining Update #3: Putting Forth Proposals

March 6, 2020

This week the UAPD Bargaining Team’s new meeting schedule went into effect. With two full days of state negotiations, the team is advancing with the State as expeditiously as possible.

Here’s what was brought to the table:

  • The UAPD team put forth important proposals regarding an increase in CME reimbursement amounts, as well as increased time off for CME.
     
  • A proposal was made to have certification examinations and maintenance of certification fees reimbursed by the State.
     
  • We also proposed to support changes in parental leave as well as the ability to share leave.
     
  • Significant items were advanced relating to rest areas and certain types of leave.
     

We are looking to the next meeting to continue pushing forward.

UAPD State Bargaining Update #2: Picking Up The Pace

March 2, 2020

At last Wednesday’s bargaining table meeting, UAPD and state negotiators reached a tentative agreement on nine non-economic articles. Moreover, we secured a hard commitment from the state to prioritize economic issues.

  1. The pace of negotiations will now increase as we will meet with state negotiators twice a week for the duration of bargaining. This demonstrates a shared interest on both sides to reach an agreement. 
     
  2. The state submitted proposals to move forward on additional non-economic items, which we will review prior to our next meeting with negotiators.
     
  3. UAPD will be meeting state department leaders and key budget decision-makers in the ensuing weeks. This will aid in framing the bargaining negotiations at the table.

In addition to these developments, UAPD also objected to the practice of managers/supervisors approving leave on the condition that the employee secures their own coverage for the time they are requesting off.

The California Department of Human Resources (CDHR) communicated that they are not aware of such policies or practices.

If you are having this issue at your local facility regarding release time requests, please contact your union representative.

The next bargaining sessions are scheduled this week on Wednesday, March 4 and Thursday, March 5, at the Sacramento Headquarters Office.