Friday, April 3, 2015

The doctor will be out

The doc may be in now but not for five days in the future.
Doctors at all 10 University of California student health centers will launch a five-day strike next week to protest what they call unfair labor practices by university administration. The strikes are separated into two groups. Doctors at the five Northern California campuses...will strike from 7:30 a.m. Thursday through 7:30 p.m. April 13. In Southern California, the strike at five more student health centers will begin April 11 and end April 15. This is the second student health center strike in four months. It follows more than a year of unsuccessful collective bargaining between the Union of American Physicians and Dentists and university administration. The union organized about 150 student health center doctors in 2013 but has yet to sign a first contract. The union has filed multiple unfair labor practice charges against UC with the Public Employment Relations Board. The key charge is that UC officials have not provided the financial information union representatives need to bargain fairly on behalf of the doctors...

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Note: If a strike is designated as an "unfair labor practice" action, strikers receive various legal protections including that they cannot be permanently replaced. Ultimately, it is up to PERB to determine whether a strike in fact falls into that classification.

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