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UAPD Proposals Implemented at DHCS for RAFT Program

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.

Ratification for Los Angeles Contract On The Horizon

As UAPD schedules the ratification process for the new Los Angeles contract, it is important that we have your most up-to-date contact information.  Voting will start soon and it is vital that every member gives their feedback on the new contract.

Please sign up here so you can get the most update contract summary and vote on your contract. You can also contact us via e-mail or by telephone with your newest contact information.

If you are currently on steps 1 – 10, please contact UAPD.  If you would like to have a representative to meet with you, your department, or your clinic about the new contract, please contact our Southern California location at (310) 398-4038.

CPOE Complaints: How They Work and How UAPD Can Help

In the last few months, there has been an increase in County Policy of Equity (CPOE) Complaints filed against our members.  It’s important to know your rights as a Union member when you are called by an investigator. Before you schedule that meeting, please contact UAPD.  You have a right to have a union representative be with you during the investigation meeting. 

If you’re unfamiliar with the CPOE, we now have a guide available. To learn more about the CPOE and how it works click here

Patton State Hospital Unhinges Their “Matrix”

Recently, UAPD met in a Joint Labor-Management Committee to discuss the dissolution of the Matrix.  What was the Matrix? In short, the Matrix was the chain-of-command which Bargaining Unit 16 doctors had to follow at Patton State Hospital.

Doctors had been reporting to a local administrator rather than through a medical chain-of-command or the Chief Medical Officer. Representatives Christopher Ige and Glynnis Golden-Ortiz, along with the Patton membership, were instrumental in effecting this change.

As of March 1, 2019, the Matrix has been abolished.

UAPD Sponsered Bill That Would Eliminate Copays for Inmates Passes First Committee

On February 26th, California’s Assembly Public Safety Committee voted to pass Assembly Bill 45, authored by Assemblymember Mark Stone (D-Santa Cruz). AB 45, which UAPD (Local AFSCME 206) has co-sponsored, would eliminate medical and dental co-payments and charges for health care appliances in prisons and jails. The passage comes on the heels of the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) and California Correctional Health Care Services (CCHCS) recent announcement that they will stop charging copayments for medical and dental services and appliances like dentures effective March 1, 2019.

Since 1995, California prisons have required a $5 medical copay from incarcerated people seeking medical or dental care. In most county jails, inmates must pay a copay of $3. California counties that do not collect medical co-payments from people in jail include Napa, San Francisco, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara, Santa Clara, and Tulare. In 2017, the Prison Policy Initiative calculated that someone earning prison job minimum wage would have to work over 60 hours to afford one copay. For many prisoners, this is often a costly choice that can result in deadly consequences. In 2003, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention identified copays as one of the factors contributing to an MRSA outbreak among incarcerated people in California. Proponents of the bill also argue that medical co-pays exacerbate racial inequities within public health.  Because Black and Brown people are disproportionately incarcerated, barriers to affordable healthcare created through copays intensify existing racial health disparities.

The UAPD, alongside the ACLU of California, California Coalition for Women Prisoners, Ella Baker Center for Human Rights, and Initiate Justice are now looking to the California Legislature to eliminate these co-payments and medical equipment charges in county jails and to ensure that they can’t be reinstated in state prison.

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