UWHA and UW Labor Relations (LR) met for the fifteenth bargaining session on November 12th. Articles 2, 12, 15, 18, and 23 were discussed.

Article 2 (Committee Memberships and Hospital Committee) was updated to include the most recent list of committees and language to match LR’s most recent proposal. 

Article 12 (Leave-Holidays) was updated to ensure that if a resident or fellows takes vacation days the day before and/or after a holiday, that they are not forced to take the holiday as a vacation day as well. 

Article 15 (Leave-Sick) contained minimal language changes, however, both UWHA and LR want to make sure the language is clear regarding using sick leave as a second option after bereavement leave. Both LR and UWHA updated language to match each other’s proposals. 

Article 18 (Moonlighting) was updated to match more language between LR and UWHA’s most recent proposals. It still stands that UWHA proposes creating a system where moonlighting opportunities would be visible to everyone, to create a more accessible and equitable system for all residents and fellows interested and eligible to moonlight.

Article 23 (Salary) was proposed at the end of the session and will continue to be discussed during the next session. LR proposed a 2-1-1% (90 days after ratification, on July 1, 2020, and on July 1, 2021, respectively) increase to the salary, with no addition to base pay. LR also proposed an increase to the housing stipend to $2,000/year. LR presented a table of self-selected peer institutions to compare salaries and some benefits to, which was presented to UW Medicine leadership who ultimately approved the prior salary proposals from LR. This table shows that with the most recent salary proposal, residents and fellows at UW would still be 3.3% behind these peer institutions – a percentage which was not adjusted for cost of living in Seattle (that if adjusted for cost of living would make the percentage even higher). 

The next bargaining session is scheduled for Thursday, November 14th from 4:00-7:00pm at Roosevelt Commons West, Rm. 271. UWHA urges all members to attend.

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