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UAPD and Santa Cruz County to Discuss Compensation Incentives

May 3, 2017

On May 5, UAPD and Santa Cruz County teams will meet for the first time to discuss policies for the compensation incentives that go into effect this July 1.  Doctors will become eligible to receive a Quality Incentive of up to 5% of their base hourly rate, and a Productivity Incentive of up to 10% of their base hourly rate. The policies will standardize the elements for earning the incentive. Elements such as availability for patient visits, staff support and administrative time will determine the amount of the Productivity Incentive. The Quality Incentive shall be based on progress notes, standards for psychotropic medication, peer reviews and EHR standards. 

Once the UAPD team feels we have made sufficient progress, a general membership meeting to discuss this topic will be called.  In the meantime, feel free to contact Albert Munoz with questions or comments (amunoz@uapd.com).

LA County Pharmacist Update

May 3, 2017

As some of you may know, UAPD has been partnering with SEIU Local 721 on several County issues.  One of which is the bully boss campaign.  We have met in protected forums with Dr. Christina Ghaly and other DHS-HR staff to discuss incidents where front line staff felt bullied or harassed by their supervisors.  The meetings have taken place at County facilities including Olive View and MLK Outpatient Center.

Following these forums, there has been removal or reassignment of some pharmacy managers, where their behavior has been found to be too egregious to tolerate.

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UAPD in LA County Looking Forward…

May 3, 2017

The County of Los Angeles provides services to the over 10 million residents who call Los Angeles County home. With more than 35 departments and 200 commissions, the County operates one of the largest local government organizations in the world. Given the size of this County, it is imperative that UAPD position itself strategically if we are to be successful moving forward.

It is therefore never too early to start gearing up for negotiations for new collective bargaining agreements, to replace those that will be expiring in the upcoming months. We will be faced with a lot of challenges and uncertainties, for example: will the county lose federal dollars? How do we make up any loss in revenue? How do we continue to deliver quality care? What are the alternatives? UAPD members will have the opportunity to engage and participate in the process to solve some of these critical issues.

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More Washington Providers Join UAPD

April 18, 2017

We would like to congratulate the providers at MultiCare Legacy Urgent Care Centers who voted by an overwhelming margin to join UAPD. By a 43-7 vote, Legacy providers sent a resounding message that they want collective bargaining rights and a voice in providing care to patients.

Now begins the process of better understanding the specific priorities of Legacy providers so we can start contract negotiations as soon as possible. In the next week, Legacy providers will receive a bargaining survey that will help us evaluate their concerns on compensation, working hours, benefits, and other issues.

UAPD is excited to begin preparing to negotiate a contract for Legacy providers, and will continue working to unionize providers at MultiCare and other institutions.

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State Telemedicine Issues

April 15, 2017

When the telepsychiatry program was first launched by the Department of Corrections, psychiatrists were told that they would not have to cover On-call assignments. The Department then decided to start requiring them to cover on-call assignments. The Department changed telepsychiatry working conditions without noticing the UAPD.   The UAPD met with the Department to discuss a proposed policy. CDCR has not updated the policy to reflect the agreed upon changes from the last meeting. Nonetheless, CDCR has added additional telepsychiatry sites without noticing the UAPD.  The UAPD has filed a Cease and Desist regarding implemented changes to the program without notice to the union.  There is new language in the State tentative agreement regarding teleprograms.

Multiple grievances have been filed on telemedicine issues at the prisons   When the telemedicine program was first launched by California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS), physicians were told that they would not have to cover on-call assignments. The department then decided to start requiring them to cover on-call assignments, without noticing the UAPD. A grievance was filed, and the Department responded by notifying the UAPD that they were initiating a telemedicine on-call pilot program. That program failed and the Department concluded that they will not be requiring telemedicine doctors to cover on-call assignments.  There is currently no language in the union contract regarding teleprograms. The UAPD has proposed language to address concerns.

LA County Recruitment & Retention Work Group

April 1, 2017

At the Request of Dr. Mitch Katz, Director of the newly formed Los Angeles County Health Agency, UAPD has partnered with the Department of Health Services (DHS) to increase the recruitment of Physicians and Specialists who work for the County.    The recruitment effort involves setting up events with potential applicants and the Department Directors, Medical Directors, UAPD board members, UAPD Stewards, and UAPD staff.   The UAPD board approved $40,000 for this project at the October 2016 Board Meeting.

Results to date

  • Since the start of our project, over 50 Physicians hired with varying start dates
  • The marketing materials for physicians has been revised and updated
  • UAPD and the County have developed the first recruitment program to target those in the Residency Program. UAPD and CIR have discussed further events and programs to improve recruitment opportunities.
  • We reduced the recruitment process from 6 months to a little over a month from submission of interest to offer letter.
  • Streamlined the initial submission process to only having applicants submit a resume and CV.
  • UAPD has fostered a stronger relationship with Committee on Interns and Residents.

State BU 16 Docs Ratify Contract

March 24, 2017

On Tuesday, February 28, 2017, the UAPD Bargaining Team reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) on a new Memorandum of Understanding with the State of California.  The new agreement will was ratified by UAPD members and will go into effect once approved by the State Legislature.

UAPD was the last union to settle a contract with the State of California because the Bargaining Team refused to accept the substandard proposals the State kept giving them.  The membership gave the team the power to stand firm with an overwhelmingly positive strike authorization vote.  Member energy and member outrage were instrumental in making the State come around on several key issues in the final days.  While the tentative agreement did not go as far as the team had hoped in some areas, it was worthy of recommending to the membership, who ratified it by a strong margin.   You can read more details of the agreement here.

UAPD Corrects Underpayments to UC Doctors

March 24, 2017

The UAPD contract guaranteed lump-sum payments for student health center doctors, giving retroactive raises for the period during which contract negotiations took place. The ten campuses issued these payments at various times in the months after bargaining concluded. Soon after, UAPD heard from members at several campuses who were concerned they had not received the full amount they were due.

To address that concern, UAPD first reached a common understanding with UCOP on the correct methodology to calculate the retroactive payments.  The Union eventually secured spreadsheets from the payroll departments on each campus showing the methodologies they used and the results. The Union did a detailed audit of those calculations, which showed that while a few campuses had calculated the payments correctly, most campuses had made mistakes resulting in underpayments to doctors. Those underpayments ranged from $3.82 (for people who were first employed late in the retroactive period) to $8,737 (for someone whose retroactive payment and a subsequent raise were completely missed).
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Santa Cruz County Docs Ratify Contract

March 15, 2017

After 13 bargaining sessions over last 6 months, the UAPD Bargaining Team reached a tentative agreement with Santa Cruz County on January 31, 2017. The new contract went into effect in March after being ratified by by the UAPD membership and approved by the Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors.

The new agreement provides:

  • A new top salary step (4% increase from the previous step) effective the first full pay period after Board of Supervisor approval. 
  • Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for all classifications of 2.5%, 2.75% and 2.75%.
  • Equity adjustment for psychiatrists of 2%, 2%, and 1.75%.
  • A new board certification differential of 2.5% effective April 7, 2018. Read more …

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait…

March 14, 2017

By Stuart A. Bussey, MD, JD, UAPD President
 
Believe it or not, this phrase was coined by a British advertising agency to emphasize the virtue of  patience in waiting for Guinness ale to be correctly poured into a mug.  But it also applies to our UAPD members who wait patiently while their bargaining teams negotiate contracts for them.

Late last month the UAPD State Bargaining Team reached a Tentative Agreement with the State of California.  While the team strongly recommended ratification of the agreement, we all knew that not everyone would be completely satisfied by what the contract contains.
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