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UAPD Puts CDCR on Notice

May 20, 2019
UAPD’s legal counsel of  Weinberg, Roger, and Rosenfeld sent out a firm “cease and desist” letter this week to CDCR Secretary Ralph Diaz and Federal Receiver Clark Kelso. In the letter, UAPD has demanded that CDCR immediately stop any unilateral action on their part to change our members’ working conditions as specified in our MOU.
 
Specifically, we referred to recent member reports that their on-call schedule will be —or already has—changed. These proposed changes include forcing our members to work past their regular shifts and cover inmates from other nearby prisons. Also, that part-time physicians may be asked to take call. These are violations of our contract. Any such changes cannot be implemented without conferring with our union first or waiting until next year’s bargaining cycle. To implement these changes unilaterally or engage in “direct dealing” with our members would constitute an unfair labor practice.
 
If any of our members know of such mandates or actions by CDCR, please contact your steward, representative, or other UAPD staff. We will not stand idly by if these reports are true.

Unionized Physicians and Advanced Providers Win Back their Time and Money!

May 17, 2019

 The Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) demonstrated its power to affect positive change in its first two contract negotiations in Washington state.

Stalled in bargaining for two years with the Multicare health system, UAPD members of the Legacy Urgent Care centers had enough. They organized a large informational picket with other labor groups in Washington. After peppering the employer with notices, flyers and news articles about a humane closing policy Multicare acceded to UAPD’s demands just before the scheduled picket. They agreed to allow urgent care physicians and advanced providers to leave at the end of their twelve-hour shifts. This concession is a major victory for the safe delivery of urgent care in Washington state and beyond.

In another equally historic contract victory, UAPD persuaded Multicare to eliminate its salary withhold policy for physicians at Auburn (WA) Medical Center. The draconian salary withholds of 10-20% are a common practice for health care system employers in Washington and the rest of the US. The employer typically holds back a portion of a physician’s salary “in escrow” until the physician employee satisfies certain performance criteria. Facing a formal unfair labor practice charge filed by UAPD, Multicare retracted their withhold policy in a mass memorandum to their employees. UAPD is continuing to break new ground and negotiate for better working conditions in other many physician contracts in California and Washington.

UAPD President Stuart Bussey, MD, JD summed up “…these two great accomplishments are but a preview of what unions can do for physicians and providers in both private and public health systems. Our contracts improve patient safety and prevent physician burnout. It’s beyond time to organize and take back our profession from employers with a weak moral compass.”

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Online Voting for Los Angeles Contract Ratification Starts This Week

May 13, 2019

This Thursday, May 16th marks the beginning of the online voting period for the ratification of Los Angeles’ newest contract with UAPD. All Bargaining Unit 324, 325, and 301 members who have yet to vote shall be contacted with further details starting the day of. The deadline to place your vote is the following week on Thursday, May 23rd at 1 PM.

If you are currently not a member and would like to participate in the vote, sign up here.

If you have any questions regarding the new contract or have not received any email contact regarding the ratification vote, please contact our Southern California location at (310) 398-4038.

 

CCSF Negotiations Come To A Close While Ratification Revs Up

April 30, 2019

As of April 25th, UAPD’s bargaining team has wrapped up negotiations with the City and County of San Francisco. CCSF members will receive an email containing an agreement summary and a link to the ratification ballot within the next few days, so keep an eye out. 

Many thanks to Tim Jenkins and our bargaining team’s hard work on negotiating this new three-year tentative agreement.    

UAPD Proposals Implemented at DHCS for RAFT Program

April 25, 2019

In January, CAASD members notified us that employees were being asked to sign a new RAFT agreement. In response, the UAPD reached out to the department. The department replied by providing an update with the following changes, many of which are proposals that UAPD made back in August of last year: 

1. Expectations were removed from the RAFT agreements 
2. Only employees who perform telework are required to sign the RAFT agreement 
3. The department removed the term “agreement” from the form 

If you do not telework and you are being asked to sign a RAFT agreement, please contact your union representative and provide details.