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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.

A Summary of the AHS January 24th Membership Meeting

February 1, 2018

On Wednesday, January 24th, a UAPD representative for AHS met with your colleagues following the monthly provider meeting.  We had a very good, engaging meeting.  UAPD gave a brief update on the status of negotiations, which is advancing at a very slow pace due to AHS’s inability to provide the Union with necessary information.  

UAPD also clarified to our members that the Union did NOT agree to the following changes:

  • UAPD did not agree to change the patient scheduling start times at the Ambulatory Care Clinics!
  • UAPD did not agree to require doctors to make-up PTO time approved with less than 90 days advance notice!

The Union did, however, agree to require 90 days advance notice for PTO requests because this time frame is an improvement from the current terms of the MOU, which requires PTO requests to be submitted at the beginning of each year.

UAPD will continue to fight AHS’s attempts to unilaterally make changes to your work conditions without first notifying and meeting with the Union.  It is an unfair labor practice to directly deal with UAPD members about their terms and conditions of employment.  UAPD will pursue an Unfair Labor Charge against AHS for violating your rights.  

NEW BARGAINING SUBCOMMITTEE

Many doctors were very interested in participating in the current negotiations. UAPD is happy to announce that Dr. Laura Wise (Hayward) will be at the table as the latest member of the negotiating committee.  Also, the doctors have formed a bargaining subcommittee to discuss proposals and information on an ongoing basis.  These meetings will take place during non-work hours at a time and place agreed upon.  The first of these sub-committee meetings will take place on Thursday, February 8th at 5:30 PM at the following location:

Caffe Trieste 
4045 Piedmont Avenue (near 41st Street)
Oakland, CA 94611

More updates will be provided as negotiations continue.

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