February 12, 2017
UAPD and MultiCare Health System met for the second day of negotiations on Thursday February 9. Over the course of two bargaining sessions, UAPD had eight physician members directly participating at the table. Over the course of these two dates, both parties traded proposals on contractual and procedural topics. UAPD has passed proposals on a recognition clause, grievance process, leaves of absences, successorship, whistleblower protections, discipline assuring a “Just cause” standard and more. Discussions at the table have been respectful and informative.
One continuing and important topic is the question of which doctors are to be included in the bargaining unit. From day one UAPD has been committed to defining the bargaining unit appropriately. During the the union election process, MHS attempted to put more physicians into the unit than UAPD thought appropriate. MHS lists have ranged from over 144 physicians to 77. The good news is that we are discussing this Issue at the table and hopefully will be able to come to an agreement soon.
Your UAPD Negotiation Team will work hard to get all of the contract AMC doctors clearly deserve. And we will continue to update you after each negotiation session and when issues arise.
January 19, 2017
UAPD won the first skirmish against the contracting agency Traditions Behavioral Health (TBH). Last June, Alameda Health System (AHS) contracted out employed psychiatric hours at John George Psychiatric Emergency Services, hours represented by UAPD, to TBH. UAPD filed suit against TBH for four causes of action: Unfair Competition, Intentional Interference with Contract, Intentional Interference with Prospective Economic Advantage, and Negligent Interference with Prospective Economic Advantage. TBH filed a demurrer (failure to state a claim) and an anti-SLAPP motion, procedural obstacles used to avoid answering our complaint. Alameda County Superior Court denied TBH’s anti-SLAPP motion and only granted TBH’s demurrer on the first cause of action with leave for UAPD to amend its complaint so as to rectify the first cause of action’s shortcomings. UAPD will now amend the complaint and TBH will soon be facing discovery over its illegal business practices. UAPD is also in litigation with AHS to compel AHS to arbitrate its decision to contract out UAPD employed hours represented by UAPD.
January 18, 2017
Negotiations are beginning for your first contract at Auburn Medical Center. The team is scheduled to meet with management the morning of January 26, 2017. This first negotiation session will be to introduce the UAPD and AMC teams, discuss dates going forward, and go over preliminary procedural issues.
UAPD’s initial proposals are still being developed and the team is getting input from doctors. They meeting with doctors in all clinical areas to listen to ideas and understand concerns regarding all aspects of wages, hours, and working conditions.
AMC doctors with questions can contact Laura Anderson at (253) 244-7797.