PERB Orders Fellows Added to SDHSA Unit
We got some great news – UCSD Fellows are now officially represented by the San Diego House Staff Association. On April 25, 2018, California’s Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) issued an Order adding UCSD Fellows to its unit, UCSD Housestaff. See PERB Case No. SF-UM-799-H.
SDHSA wishes to thank the SDHSA Board of Directors and the SDHSA Fellows’ Committee who invested the time and energy to make this a reality. In addition, we want to thank all of the UCSD Fellows that took the time out of their busy schedules to vote in the election last November. The SDHSA Negotiating Team including representatives of the Fellows is commencing negotiations for the 2018-2021 Contract. We look forward to seeing all the Fellows at our SDHSA Events!
When SDHSA was originally formed (prior to becoming a union), it represented both UCSD Residents and Fellows. For historical reasons, UCSD Fellows were left out of the original petition to California’s Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) [https://www.perb.ca.gov/] seeking representation of UCSD’s Interns and Residents. Over time, it became apparent that these historical reasons were no longer of significant relevance and had resulted in the Fellows being denied many of the benefits SDHSA had negotiated for Residents. Over the years, SDHSA has sought to include the Fellows under SDHSA’s umbrella and formally proposed inclusion during the negotiations for 2015-2018 Contract. Inclusion was opposed by UCSD.
Finally in March of 2017, the SDHSA decided to force the issue by conducting an on-line vote of UCSD Fellows. The result of that vote was that ninety-five (95%) of the ballots were in favor of SDHSA being the Fellows’ exclusive labor representative. Thereafter, SDHSA formally requested that UCSD voluntarily recognize SDHSA the Fellows’ labor representative. UCSD declined. Unfortunately SDHSA’s original petition to PERB was rejected by a PERB on a technicality who on appeal ruled that only “wet” signatures were acceptable.
SDHSA and the UCSD Fellows’ Committee were not deterred. In November of 2017, UCSD finally agreed to participate in a jointly monitored vote of the UCSD Fellows. The result of that was that one-hundred percent (100%) of the Fellows who voted elected to be represented by the SDHSA as their exclusive labor representative. The matter was again required to be submitted to PERB. PERB found that SDHSA had a valid vote of a majority of the Fellows. Finally on April 25, 2018, PERB issued an Order adding UCSD Fellows to its unit, UCSD Housestaff. See PERB Case No. SF-UM-799-H. As a result, SDHSA is now the exclusive labor representative of UCSD Fellows in Title Codes 2726 and 2732.
Representation of the Fellows had taken on some urgency. SDHSA negotiations for a new Contract began in February of 2018, for the Contract period 2018-2021. UCSD will have to accept representatives of the Fellows in these negotiations.
In regard to various benefits, the Fellows were formerly not covered under SDHSA’s contract. Historically, this resulted in the Fellows being denied many benefits. The benefit which receives the most attention is the Housing Stipend. Yet, the benefits and protections offered by SDHSA representation can be thought of as a “bundle” of rights of which the Housing Stipend is only one. If you would like to contribute to our efforts, the SDHSA Fellows’ Committee can use all the help it can get!