CSAC Bulletin Article

AB 1603 on Senate Floor, Would Include Private Contractors in Collective Bargaining

August 31, 2017

CSAC is opposing AB 1603, a measure by Assembly Member Sebastian Ridley-Thomas that would allow all private contractors who contract with counties to join in the collective bargaining process with county union employees. The sponsors of the bill, the Union of American Physicians and Dentists, have recently amended the bill to apply only to licensed professionals within county public hospitals and health systems. However, counties remain concerned about the August 24 version, which passed out of the Senate Appropriations Committee on Monday and will be heard on the Senate Floor as early as this afternoon.

AB 1603 would currently allow contracted employees working in county health settings – including physicians and psychiatrists – to join in the county collective bargaining process, entitling them to the same benefits as those that the county bargains with county unionized employees.

While AB 1603 is not related to AB 1250, it does raise many of the same issues, as county public hospitals, health clinics, and the behavioral health system in each county may rely on the ability to contract with clinicians to provide critical safety-net services.

CSAC, CAPH, CHEAC, and CBHDA have raised serious legal and logistical concerns with the measure. We urge counties to oppose AB 1603. View the most recent CSAC Oppose letter here .

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