SDHSA's Mission

Welcome to SDHSA !

San Diego House Staff Association

A California Non-Profit Mutual Benefit Corporation

 

The San Diego House Staff Association (SDHSA) is a California Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation and is the exclusive representative of UCSD House Staff (Interns, Residents and Fellows) as certified by California’s Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). SDHSA is a completely independent union (not affiliated with or controlled by a national union) and is devoted to representing only UCSD House Staff. This is the official web site of SDHSA. Feel free to browse and learn about the important role we have played in improving the lives of UCSD House Staff and their families. 

The Making of SDHSA

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The San Diego House Staff Association (SDHSA) is a California Nonprofit Mutual Benefit Corporation and is the exclusive representative of UCSD House Staff (Interns, Residents and Fellows) as certified by California’s Public Employment Relations Board (PERB). SDHSA is a completely independent union (not affiliated with national unions) and is devoted to representing only UCSD House Staff. This is the official web site of SDHSA. Feel free to browse and learn about the important role we have played in improving the lives of UCSD House Staff and their families. 

The SDHSA was originally created in 1973 to advocate for House Staff and Research & Clinical Fellows at UCSD.  In 1978, the SDHSA was incorporated. For many years, UCSD relied upon the SDHSA to administer benefit programs for residents. Subsequently, UCSD assumed many of the functions associated with benefits. In about 2000, UCSD evicted the SDHSA from its office and declined to recognize it as a representative of UCSD Residents. In response, the SDHSA petitioned California’s Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) to be recognized as the “exclusive representative” (union) of UCSD Residents. See PERB Case No. SF-RR-858-H. In 2007, Mirowski & Associates was brought in to assist in the negotiations of the 2007 contract (Memorandum of Understanding or “MOU”).


Each year, a new group of Directors are elected and assume the official responsibility for the direction and oversight the San Diego House Staff Association (SDHSA). The typical UCSD Resident is extremely busy with the work of completing their residency and at the same time trying to “have a life.” They accept that there is a union representing them but many will only see the SDHSA as being responsible for the substantial “stipend” check normally issued in October and the occasional “social” bringing residents together. What most do not fully comprehend is that the  SDHSA is a full fledged “union” backed by the law and the authority of the State of California. 


For many years UCSD Fellows were left out of many of the benefits (such as the Housing Stipend) negotiated by SDHSA. In 2017, the SDHSA initiated a fight to bring the Fellows under the SDHSA umbrella. In 2018, the SDHSA was successful in forcing the UC to recognize SDHSA as the labor representative for UCSD Fellows. Since 2007, SDHSA has steadily increased the pay and benefits afforded UCSD House Staff and worked to defend House Staff who found themselves in conflict with UCSD or some of its policies. 

IMPORTANT: If you are NO longer employed in a one of SDHSA's represented employment titles but continue to work for the UC, the UC requires that you to affirmatively "Opt-Out" of your Membership before the University will discontinue deducting SDHSA dues. (Sorry - this is NOT our rule). 


Specifically, when a UCSD Resident or Fellow transitions to a position at UCSD which is NOT represented by the SDHSA (for example, when a resident or fellow finishes their training program but then continues employment with the University as an attending), the University requires the employee to affirmatively file an election to "Opt-Out" before they will cease deducting SDHSA dues from your paycheck. This is a University Policy (NOT that of the SDHSA). SDHSA has sought to have the University automatically cease collection of dues upon the change to a unrepresented employment title but the University has refused. If you are anticipating changing employment with the UC, please review the Opt-Out procedure found under the Membership section of this site. 


Please email sdhsa@ucsd.edu with questions or concerns.

BECOME A MEMBER. The SDHSA is funded by Membership Fees. These are very small compared to the benefits that the SDHSA has obtained for the House Staff over the years. WE CAN'T DO THIS WITHOUT YOU so become a SDHSA Member to enjoy all benefits of membership! Just sign up electronically -- it takes less than 2 minutes! 


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The mission of the San Diego House Staff Association, a California Non-Profit Corporation (SDHSA) is to represent UCSD Residents and Fellows in negotiation, contract administration, and other activities germane to its functions as their exclusive bargaining representative with the additional goal of encouraging cooperation, comraderie and to improve the overall working and educational experience of House Staff at UCSD. As stated in SDHSA’s Articles of Incorporation, SDHSA’s mission includes: 

1. To provide members of the Association and their dependents with educational, medical, dental, legal, and recreational programs, services, and facilities;


2. To secure for members of the Association adequate compensation for the performance of their professional duties, and to improve overall conditions of their employment; 

3. To represent the members in negotiations with employers and public agencies relating, but not limited to employee grievances regarding wages, working hours, working conditions, welfare programs, and the development of academic and vocational training programs for the membership. 

In addition, the SDHSA seeks to improve the overall quality of the Residency and Fellowship experience at UCSD, improve UCSD's Medical Center’s national and international reputation and rankings, to create opportunities for the San Diego House Staff and to foster a camaraderie in the San Diego House Staff community.