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We Have a Winner! Results of our May Day E-mail Raffle

May 2, 2018

UAPD Members,

I would like to congratulate Dr. Ron Leino of Rancho Santa Margarita. He is the winner of our May Day e-mail raffle and has won a $500 Amazon gift certificate. Dr. Leino works as a Psychiatrist at the UC Irvine Student Health Care Center. We had 149 personal emails sent to our UAPD office and his name was chosen at random.

Your personal emails provide a valuable link between our union and its members. With the impending Janus Supreme Court decision, it is more important than ever to communicate with our members in a timely fashion. If you haven’t already done so, please send your personal email to our Oakland office at uapd@uapd.com. Thanks for all that you do!

 
Stuart Bussey,MD,JD
UAPD President
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CSU Victory! A Strong Contract for 2017 -2019

April 25, 2018

Unit 1 unanimously ratified the tentative agreement with CSU.  We are waiting for the May Trustee meeting for the contract to be signed off on.  Pay letters will be sent to the controller in June.   Overall, the unit receives 3% retroactive to July 1, 2017, and 3% in both 2018 and 2019. 

In addition, unit members receive equity based on years of service to get them to the median of the new salary ranges by 2019.  It works out to be roughly an additional 8% for most of our unit members that have more than ten years of CSU service.  The equity pool of three percent was more than any other union was able to negotiate for its members.   We also have 2 new classifications that will help with recruitment and retention and allow the unit to grow.  In total, between 2014 and 2020, Unit 1 will realize a minimum of 19% and a maximum of close to 30%, depending on years of service.  This is quite substantial considering that between 1998 and 2014 there were 12 years where the unit received no raises.

A Quick Update For To Help Everyone Health and Wellness Clinic

April 25, 2018

We had our first pre-meet for the bargaining that will begin this summer.  The clinic is growing but has currently has problems keeping a CMO in the position for longer than a few months at a time. 

We are working on getting the sunshine proposals to HR and their Attorney to possibly negotiate early to not conflict with LA County negotiations.

UAPD Files Grievance Against San Mateo for Illegal Time-Off Policy

April 25, 2018

UAPD filed a grievance against the County for illegally denying time off to doctors in the dental department.  All of the dentists are women.  Their Dental Director has unilaterally implemented a policy of “only one dentist off at one time” regardless of the clinic!  As a result, UAPD is meeting with County representative to fight the discriminatory impact of this policy.

 

In other news, UAPD members shall be receiving a 3% Cola on May 6, 2018. UAPD negotiated an increase based on CPI. 

Salary Increases for Gardner Family Health Network

April 25, 2018

The UAPD Bargaining Committee reached an agreement with GFHN last Monday, April 9, 2018.  These are the highest salary increases negotiated for our members working at Gardner.  Due to the competitive market in the San Jose area, the employer agreed to market adjustments for each specialty and COLAs for the next three years.  COLAs begin on July 1, 2019 at 2.5%; 3%; and 3%.   A wage reopener is scheduled for 90 days before the end of the 3rd year of the contract.  We also negotiated a 6% base increase for those employees with 15 years or more seniority and we expanded the use of supervising pay of 3%.  We also negotiated increased employer contributions into the employees’ individual Health savings account and paid time off for attendance at UAPD Board Meetings. 

The agreement is currently being ratified by the membership. 

Activism On The Rise At Harbor UCLA

April 25, 2018

Activism at Harbor UCLA is picking up steam in the Pediatrics department regarding a wellness in
service as well as in Internal Medicine with the Hospitalist workgroup. Harbor is working
with OVMC to put together a job specification that may help during bargaining. We
are helping Radiology with acquiring the nine radiologists that they need to be at
normal capacity.

We have also received support from Harbor Administration and several
departments to put together in services on topics that reach multiple disciplines.
We are working with Pediatrics, the Hospitalists, Surgery, Radiology, and soon we
will be meeting with OB/GYN.

Recruitment and membership are on the rise! However, we are still dealing with active
anti-union sentiment by several department heads. We are actively working around
them by using the programs discussed below to gain access to the departments.
We are in the midst of preparing a quarterly member meeting at Harbor. It should be
realized in the next month or two.

Message from UAPD President about upcoming LA County Contract and Salary Negotiations

April 20, 2018

Dear LA County Colleague:

Please click on the 88-second video message below to hear how your colleagues plan to improve your MOU and how you can help by (re)committing yourself to full UAPD membership.

After watching the video click the appropriate link at the bottom. You will be redirected to a Docu-sign membership form.

Thanks.

Stuart Bussey, M.D., J.D.
UAPD President

 

LA County Physicians, Psychiatrists, and Dentists (BU 324/325) click here

LA County Pharmacists (BU 301) click here.

 

Doctors: Independent Professionals or Government Agents?

April 2, 2018

By Stuart A. Bussey, MD, JD, UAPD President

The sad look in my patient’s eyes reached down to the pit of my stomach “I only want to drive a couple of miles to my friend’s house” he lamented. But Carl’s progressive dementia and arthritis couldn’t allow me to sign his DMV driver’s license form.  Increasingly, we physicians have been placed in the often uncomfortable position of being both the investigator and enforcer of privileges involving health issues. Driving, adoption, school and sports participation, employment, disability, competence, and conservatorship are only some of them.  Institutions, especially our governments, look to us for guidance and assign liability to our decisions.

This holds special relevance for our UAPD doctors who are employed in various levels of government. What happens when our professional judgment and scientific reasoning collide with the protocols of an agency or a supervisor with a personal agenda? We have all experienced conflicts regarding patient care or disposition with our supervisors and administrators. Debates about appropriate medications at CDCR, discharge decisions at County hospitals or claimant disability at DSS often make us feel that we are mere tools of government, not independent practitioners.
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BU 16 On-Call Assignment Now Less Onerous for Some Institutions

February 21, 2018

Bargaining Unit 16 employees at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation are starting to see some relief from high call volumes and workloads that have been stretching the limits of what can be considered a reasonable expectation for after-hours Physician On-Call assignments.

Building on newly negotiated contract language, “mini-MOD” assignments are being tested at Central California Women’s Facility, CSP-Los Angeles County, Mule Creek State Prison, Richard J. Donovan Correctional Facility, California Institute for Men, Kern Valley State Prison, and Salinas Valley State Prison. 

Members—and represented BU 16 employees—who are not currently part of the testing should contact their UAPD steward or union representative to discuss the viability of bringing this new MOD to your facility. 

If you are not a member of the union, please use this link to become one. High union density enables employees, including BU 16 doctors, to bargain over issues that impact working conditions and patient care.

 

A Brief Update on Sierra Conservation Center

February 13, 2018

SCC recently rolled out the Electronic Health Record System (EHRS). A grievance was filed regarding the inadequate training. The department has agreed to provide additional training to staff.

The UAPD participated in the Meet and Confer process regarding the installation of additional security cameras to be placed at SCC.

Management has not been honoring vacation requests pursuant to the BU 16 MOU. The UAPD is working with the local labor representative to ensure Bargaining Unit 16 members time-off/vacation requests are honored pursuant to the contract. There is a scheduled meeting to follow-up on management’s committed to counseling the supervising dentists and rectifying the situation so BU 16 members are afforded time-off/vacations requests pursuant to the MOU, as opposed to arbitrarily.