Friday, April 11, 2014

Napolitano Contrasted With Yudof On Relationships With Unions- but what about the med benefits mess at UCSB?

if faculty are being treated as sub UC employees with their med benefits - how can that impact instruction? See the experiences they are detailing here: Further Troubles With UC Care

A UCSB Health Care Facilitator told her that the UCOP “forgot to negotiate” with any nearby labs....
One pregnant faculty member said she signed up for UC Care under the understanding that she would be covered for a Sansum obstetrician and a Santa Barbara delivery. Now her UC Care choices are to bear the Cottage Hospital Tier 2 charges for herself and the baby (up to $6,000), or to risk having her baby on the open road on the way to UCLA. Another reported: “My wife needs surgery… so the Sansum doc will do it outpatient rather than have us go to UCLA, or face the Cottage costs.”
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Members reported yesterday that after due diligence, they have not been able to compile a complete list of UC providers, and that insurance specialist personnel at UC medical centers have been unable to tell them which doctors, labs, anesthesiologists and other specializations with privileges at their facilities count as UC providers.
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A third person observed: “In my 14 years as a UC faculty member, I have witnessed higher costs and lower benefits… Did you know our co-pay for mental health has increased about 40% since January?”
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Another faculty member’s doctor recommended immediate surgery for a suspicious mass. In order to have that work done at UCLA, the nearest UC Care provider, the faculty member would have had to locate a new doctor, schedule a consultation, a pre-operative appointment and surgery. Fearing the length of time that would take, the UC Care subscriber decided to accept Cottage hospital’s offer to schedule the surgery within five days. This faculty member is still waiting to see what all the bills will add up to.

In a dramatic set of meetings held in front of overflowing crowds last fall, outgoing UCOP CFO Peter Taylor, whose resignation was announced abruptly at the end of March, alleged that Cottage Hospital wants “too much money” from UC. At Wednesday’s meeting, Faculty Association President and labor historian Nelson Lichtenstein called that “egregious,” even if true: “Just leaving us out of the pool defeats the whole point of insurance.”

- Why is it acceptable to treat educators at UCSB like this? How are prospective students and parents going to view this? How are potential faculty recruitments to UCSB going to view this when they do research and consider job offers?

it ends w/:
The Faculty Association has scheduled a general meeting open to all on May 7, featuring representatives from United Academics, the new collective bargaining group representing tenured, tenure-track and non-tenure track and adjunct faculty, in addition to librarians, research assistants, post-docs, and other academic employees at the University of Oregon. They will talk about similar experiences at the University of Oregon, and how collective bargaining is working out for them.
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Then see this story : “The momentum of Janet coming into the office with a fresh set of eyes and spending time with each of our unions had a definite positive effect,” said UC vice president for human resources Dwaine Duckett.

And a contrast is drawn:
a contrast between Napolitano and her predecessor, Mark Yudof.

“Yudof left a mess of labor relations,”...
Whereas Yudof imposed contract terms on both these groups of workers, bypassing collective bargaining,...

- Was it Yudof driving the negotiations process? Aren't there specific folks at UCOP who do that work?

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