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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 …
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