Doctors in the Los Angeles County healthcare system voted to leave the union that has represented them since 1999, citing discomfort with union negotiating tactics and a lack of results. Physicians voted 331-229 to leave the Union of American Physicians and Dentists, according to ballots tallied this week. Some doctors complained that they had lost a popular benefits package that helped make up for lower pay at county hospitals. Union leaders said they would seek another vote, asserting that union representation has resulted in higher salaries and improved working conditions. UAPD is affiliated with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. -- by Patrick Reilly
L.A. County doctors vote to leave union
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