The University of California values the skills and dedication that its physicians, dentists and podiatrists working at student health and counseling centers bring to campuses every day to serve students and support their learning. The university is committed to working collaboratively with the new exclusive representative of these employees to build a good working relationship, and negotiate a fair contract.

UC and the Union of American Physicians and Dentists (UAPD) met Jan. 29 to begin negotiating the first contract for physicians, dentists and podiatrists at campus-based student health and counseling centers. The university and union agreed to ground rules during that session, and will meet again on Feb. 12.


UC Bargaining Goals

The university understands that providing good working conditions and a competitive compensation package is key to recruiting and retaining its talented staff, and seeks to continue these practices.

UC's major goals for these negotiations are:

  • To continue providing competitive compensation and good working conditions for employees;
  • To reach a comprehensive multi-year contract that provides certainty and stability both for employees and the university;
  • To preserve UC’s ability to provide quality care at student health and counseling centers;
  • To conduct professional, respectful negotiations in a timely manner;
  • To ensure responsible decision-making that protects the financial health of UC and sustains the quality of the education, research and health care it delivers every day.


This new bargaining unit, which formed in November 2013, does not include employees in these titles who work at UC medical centers or elsewhere in the campuses.

UC will keep employees informed about the progress of negotiations as they proceed.