June 2, 2015
By Kevin Brown
After nearly a year of delays, the Los Angeles County Pharmacists voted overwhelmingly to join the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD), AFSCME. The County Employee Relations Commission (ERCOM) is expected to recognize the new unit at its next meeting on June 22, and contract bargaining can begin.
“The determination, unity and hard work demonstrated by pharmacists throughout this campaign has been striking,” said Stuart A. Bussey, M.D., president of UAPD. “Your strength will be put to good use in the coming months, when together we negotiate a first UAPD contract for your group. Congratulations, and welcome to UAPD!”
In 2014, UAPD received petitions signed by more than 70 percent of LA County pharmacists to separate from their previous union and make UAPD their exclusive representative for collective bargaining.
The transition wouldn’t come without interruption, however. The process to form a new union for Los Angeles County pharmacists requires ERCOM to approve the petitions that pharmacists had signed over several months. Holding up the process was a vacant position on ERCOM that needed to be filled before UAPD could welcome their new members… READ THE FULL STORY HERE!
Originally posted: http://www.afscme.org/blog/los-angeles-county-pharmacists-join-afscme