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San Joaquin Administrators Fall Short

September 21, 2016

When your UAPD Negotiating team met with administrators last Friday, we believed we were close to reaching a a deal.  After all, your colleagues at the table had made significant concessions regarding market adjustments for ALL specialties by agreeing to focus on several specialties in which the County has had extreme difficulty recruiting and retaining physicians.  For the other half of the bargaining unit, the Committee reasonably proposed improvements to incentive formulas, which would be mutually beneficial to the doctors and to the County.  Considering the County has advocated incentive based pay practices, we did not foresee any roadblocks to these proposals.  WE WERE WRONG!

In the past, most incentive pay formulas have been decided by each department.  However, your committee proposed to include those formulaic changes in the contract to insure their implementation.  This proposal was not well received by management.  They wanted us to agree to a “future promise” of incentive changes — with no market adjustment for most of our members, on the eve of the County’s paid negotiator’s vacation this week.  The Union could not, in good faith, agree to a “handshake” agreement with no enforceable rights, or allow the County to leverage their vacation delay to dismiss the market demands of half of our members.
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UAPD Endorses Tax on Sugary Beverages

September 15, 2016

The CCSF doctors UAPD represents are dedicated to safety net medical care and public health. A survey of the Union membership in advance of the 2014 San Francisco “soda tax“ proposition yielded 96% support for that measure.

With Berkeley’s approval of a penny-per-ounce sugary beverage tax in 2014 and Philadelphia’s passage of a 1.5 cents per ounce tax in June of this year (currently under legal challenge by the American Beverage Association), the possibility of overcoming the industry’s financial power on a national scale suddenly seems possible. UAPD is proud to join the effort in endorsing Proposition V, just as we did in 2014.

The Chronicle’s recent editorial in favor of the proposition can be found here.

An American Journal of Public Health article analyzing the results of Berkeley’s tax can be accessed here.

Additional information can be found at the campaign website.

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A Message for the Doctors of Tacoma

September 10, 2016

UAPD President Dr. Stuart Bussey has a message for doctors working in the Tacoma Washington region.  You can read that message here.

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Santa Clara Bargaining Update

September 6, 2016

The  UAPD Negotiating Committee has been meeting with the County on a regular basis. UAPD submitted a comprehensive package proposal, which includes competitive market adjustments for all specialties; improvements to tuition reimbursement and license/certification renewals; due process and severance for terminations of employment; increased rates for extra duty assignments; Cost of Living Increases (COLA); and the committee has agreed to expand the Main Jail incentive to all assignments in Custody and Acute Care Services as a combined incentive and base wage proposal. 

So far, the County has rejected any improvements to due process for terminations and has proposed below market adjustments and COLAs that do not amount to similar, across the board, increases for other County employees.  Although the County has expressed an urgency to reach an agreement before the expiration of our MOU next month, it has made minute movements toward an agreement that our members will ratify. 

Register Now — Statewide Meetings in San Francisco

August 22, 2016

As you are making your plans for the fall, consider joining UAPD members at our annual meeting on Saturday, October 15, 2016.  All events will take place at the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront.

You can see more details and register for all events online here.

Steward Training:  Those who are stewards or bargaining team members are encouraged to attend a Steward Training that begins Saturday October 15th at 8 am.  The training is intended for both new and experienced leaders. We’ll talk about your contract, how to investigate possible grievances, and what to do when one of your colleagues faces discipline.  UAPD pays travel and Friday night hotel costs for stewards and bargaining team members who attend this training.

Statewide Membership Meetings:  Membership meetings begin at 9:30 am on Saturday, October 15th.  Separate meetings will be held for each sector of the union (State, County/Clinic, UC/CSU, Retiree, Private Practice), followed by a brief meeting of the whole group.

Free CME/CE:  At 11 am on Saturday, we’ll hold the next installment in our CME/CE series, entitled “Big Data to Hands-On Care.” California is home to some cutting edge medical and dental research. People are crunching trillions of pieces of health-related data and coming up with effective new treatments for patients. Entitled “Big Data to Hands-On Care,” our CME will bring together leaders in the field, many of whom live and work in the San Francisco Bay Area. Download the CME/CE flyer here.

You can see more details and register for all events online here.

 

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