Become a Member – It’s IMPORTANT!
The SDHSA is solely funded by Membership Dues. SDHSA dues are very small especially compared to the extra compensation ($6,500 + in 2020-2021) and other benefits that each employee represented by the SDHSA receives annually. SDHSA Dues are only (.009) (.9 %) of wages (compare this to similar unions at the other California Campuses which charge 1.5 % or more). SDHSA is an independent Union (not paying fees to national unions) which allows us to operate more efficiently while also taking a personal interest in our local represented members. So – Become a SDHSA Member. Sign up below – it takes less than 2 minutes!
Members ONLY: In addition, SDHSA Membership is like a Insurance Policy. Members enjoy extra benefits and protection in employment related disputes and free attendance to SDHSA educational & social functions throughout the year. (See Benefits herein). Because we could not throw a welcome party this year (you know – pandemic) each new Member received a Care Package! SDHSA can only continue our work if the majority of House Staff are members. We can’t do this without you – JOIN NOW!
What the SDHSA Does
The SDHSA represents and advocates for UCSD House Staff in all aspects of their employment relationship with UCSD. An important part of that function is to negotiate a Labor Contract (called a Memorandum of Understanding or “MOU”) for all employees in their represented employment “titles” (See Below). Among other things, this MOU guarantees that represented employees receive a Fair Salary with Annual Increases, a substantial Housing Stipend ($6,000 in 2020-21: created by SDHSA to offset the high cost of living in San Diego), an Educational Stipend ($500) (to help offset those additional educational expenses such as books & travel), an On-Call Meal Allowance, Reimbursement of Required License Fees, Reimbursement for qualified Travel Expenses, and many other amenities such as the House Staff Lounges, Free Uniforms & Laundry. In addition, SDHSA zealously protects the quality Medical Insurance & Employment Benefits afforded UCSD House Staff and their families, and really – much more. If a Member has an employment related dispute with UCSD, SDHSA will step in and assist and finally, SDHSA develops and offers to Members only, free attendance to SDHSA’s educational & social events and a number of other valuable benefits. SDHSA works every day of every year to protect the wages, benefits and rights for UCSD’s House Staff and their families.
Member’s Dues Explained
SDHSA is a “union” but more specifically, the PERB (California’s Public Employment Relations Board) certified “exclusive representative” of UCSD House Staff (Interns, Residents & Fellows). No one can force you to join a union but SDHSA is entitled by law to fund its work through the collection of Membership Dues. Previous to the Janus Case (see below) everyone who enjoyed the higher pay and benefits obtained by their Union was required to contribute to funding the union’s activities from which they benefited. In 1977, the US Supreme Court ruled that there should NOT be what they called “Free-Riders” (people who took benefits without contributing to the work of obtaining them). Unfortunately, because of the Janus case, this is no longer true.
Understand, the SDHSA cannot continue to do its work on behalf of UCSD’s House Staff without financial support in the form of “Membership Dues.” How important is this? SDHSA is scheduled to negotiate a new labor contract (MOU) commencing January 2021. If SDHSA is not at the table – there will be no one representing UCSD’s House Staff. If that is the case, think about what UCSD’s administration will do? In the past, every time negotiations began, UCSD submitted proposals to cut benefits. That is why it is extremely important for you to become a SDHSA Member Now!
Finally, consider your colleagues. How would you feel if others sat by while you and the other SDHSA Members payed for protecting all the gains and benefits that all represented employees receive because of the SDHSA? You don’t want to be that “free-rider.” SDHSA dues remain significantly below those charged by like unions at the other California Medical Training Institutions (UCSD, UCLA etc. – typically 1.5% or more of wages.) Commencing July 1, 2020, SDHSA only charges .009 (.9%) of wages. Now compare that to the additional $6,500 + in compensation that House Staff receive each year in “stipends” license reimbursement, On-Call Meal Allowance etc. Those were created by the SDHSA! If the SDHSA disappears, you can be sure that these, and more, will be cut from UCSD’s budget. So you see – it is very important – please sign up NOW.
Who We Represent. In 2002, the SDHSA was certified by California’s Public Employment Relations Board (PERB) as the exclusive labor representative for UCSD House Staff. [See PERB Case No. SF-RR-858-H.] With the addition of Fellows in April 2018, the SDHSA now represents UCSD House Staff in titles 2709 Resident Physician I; 2723 Resident Physician II-IX; 2738 Chief Resident Physician and Fellows in 2736 and 2733.
Cancelling a Membership
Membership Cancellation Policy. Membership in SDHSA is voluntary. A SDHSA Member may cancel their Membership at any time. Still, we want to make sure you understand exactly what your cancellation means to you and your colleagues. In doing so, while you are still in one of the represented titles, you are giving up numerous Association Member benefits, perks and protections and unfortunately telling your colleagues that you are electing to be a “free-rider” (i.e., taking the benefits negotiated by SDHSA while not contributing to that effort). See Janus Explanation below.
In addition, if you cancel your membership, you give up representation and the protection of your employment rights by the SDHSA. If a dispute should arise between you and the UC regarding employment rights (i.e., should you unfairly be discriminated against, disciplined or dismissed), or should the UC deny you individual employment benefits, you will be solely responsible for all legal expenses and costs. The reason is, with the advent of the 2018 “Janus” case, SDHSA cannot justify the cost of supporting “free-riders” (non-members who do not contribute to the common good). They have to be on their own. One also waives the right to participate in numerous SDHSA Members Only Events (or having to pay an extra charge.) In addition, one will not receive nor be allowed to participate in numerous SDHSA Member discounts, benefits and perks. Really, the small amount Members pay in dues does add up to a great deal!
If you still feel the same, we hate to see you go. Under SDHSA’s agreement with the University, UCSD is charged with the duty of deducting membership dues from the wages of persons represented by SDHSA. The Association will process your Cancellation of Membership and forward it to the UC pursuant to SDHSA’s Policies and Procedures. You must submit the Cancellation of Membership Form below as directed on said form.
The “Janus” Case Explained
It is important that every UCSD House Staff member understand what happened in 2018 and why it is now so important that EVERYONE become a SDHSA Member. In short, heavily funded anti-union interests were able to seat conservative judges on the US Supreme Court and then filed cases for the purpose of overturning a union’s right to “Fair Share” or “agency fees.” The SOLE purpose of these cases was to destroy public sector unions. In 2018 they were successful with the Janus case.
A more detailed explanation is below:
Understanding the Janus Case:
“Janus” is Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, Council 31, 585 U.S. ____ (2018) [Hereinafter also “Janus”]. Under prior Federal and California Law, no one was ever required to join a union. Yet, a union (such as the “SDHSA”) was entitled to fund its common union activities (not political activities as was wrongly reported) by collecting membership “dues” from “Members” (those who joined the Union) and by charging what were called “fair share service fees” or “agency fees” to Non-Members who directly benefit from the Union’s representation. (An example of a person who paid a fair share fee would be a UCSD Resident who did NOT become a SDHSA Member but who still received annual pay raises and the annual Housing Stipend from UCSD because of the Labor Contract negotiated by SDHSA.) These “fair share” fees were mandated under four decades of prior the law because it is deemed unfair for persons to take the benefits of the union’s representation while not contributing to funding the common union activities resulting in those benefits. Persons who took while not contributing were often referred to as “free riders” by the Court. See Abood v. Detroit Board of Education 431 U.S. 209 (1977) and Cal. Gov. Code § 3583.5.
Ever since the Abood case, it has been the goal of anti-union interests to overturn the law knowing that taking away funding for the unions (while allowing “free-riders”) would result in handicapping unions and might even result in their demise. Prior to Janus, these same anti-union groups funded legislation in a number of conservative States to enact what are (facetiously) called “Right to Work” Laws. Again, the clear intent of these actions was to hinder and/or destroy unions. Unfortunately, these same anti-union forces were also able have Republican Presidents to stack the U.S. Supreme Court with enough votes to overturn the existing law. The result was the Janus case which was handed down a 5-4 decision on June 27, 2018. In short, that case ruled that “Fair Share Fees” were no longer permitted while also allowing employees to take the benefits, i.e., be “free-riders.”
Accordingly, it is now up to the people represented by the SDHSA to do the right thing and become a SDHSA Member. Without the continued support of Members, the SDHSA will have to cease operations and UCSD House Staff, their wages and benefits would be left to the whim of the UC Administrators. Since there was a change in leadership in about 2015, UCSD Administrators, and their newly appointed soldiers, have clearly sought to maximize UC profits at the expense of labor. With each new Labor Contract, attempts are made by the UC to cut salaries and benefits. The situation is only getting worse. The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in significant losses to the UC System and in particular to UC’s Medical / Hospital operations which of course, employs the House Staff. Therefore, the failure to maintain a strong union in these times will necessarily lead to the loss of compensation and benefits for House Staff.