UAPD Forms New Union for Doctors at the University of California

Nov 21, 2013, 17:29 ET from Union of American Physicians and Dentists

More Health Care Providers See Unionization as Means for Increasing Voice in the Workplace

OAKLAND, Calif., Nov. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today the University of California (UC) formally recognized the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) as the exclusive bargaining representative for doctors working in the student health centers on all ten UC campuses.  This marks the successful completion of an organizing campaign that began in December 2012, when a handful of UC doctors started talking to UAPD and their colleagues about the merits of forming a union.  Less than a year later, they are officially union doctors and part of the UAPD family.

Now that UC student health center doctors are represented by a union, negotiations for their first contract can begin.  UAPD plans to immediately request bargaining dates from UC administrators.

This is UAPD's second organizing victory this fall.  In October, providers at the Los Angeles based To Help Everyone (T.H.E.) Health and Wellness Center voted in favor of forming a union with UAPD.  In addition to representing public sector doctors, UAPD has begun organizing non-profit health clinics in recent years.

SOURCE Union of American Physicians and Dentists