We’ve agreed to 3-7pm Bargaining Sessions

We’ve come to a compromise with Labor Relations and GME and will be bargaining from 3:00-7:00pm via Zoom starting in January.

Bargaining Dates:

January 12th, 19th
February 9th, 23rd
March 9th, 23rd
April 6th, 20th
May 4th, 18th
June 1st, 15th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 29th

RSVP for Bargaining Sessions here to receive the Zoom logins before each session! Bargaining Session are open to all RFPU-NW members.

If you’re interested in being on the official Negotiations Team, please sign up here! All Negotiation team members are able to be excused from clinical work during bargaining times. 

COVID MOU: RFPU-NW Members Meet with GME & Labor Relations

Last Friday, Sept. 24th RFPU-NW members and UW GME & Labor Relations met to bargain the extension of our COVID MOU, which expired on July 31, 2021.

Original COVID MOU (expiration: 7/31/21)

Labor Relations/GME Proposal (sent: 9/23/21)

RFPU – NW Counterproposal (sent: 9/27/21)

Labor Relations/GME Counterproposal (sent: 10/1/21)

Most notably, our counterproposal includes a COVID Bonus for the continued and ongoing strain COVID has placed on all of us over the last year and a half. You and your co-residents have worked tirelessly, sacrificing yourselves to take care of your community, during this incredibly stressful time. It’s time UW takes care of us as well.

What can YOU do to get you & your co-residents a COVID bonus?

Fighting for what we deserve takes a lot of work, we can only do this if you are involved too!

Negotiation Prep Time – Article Planning Meetings

The University of Washington is trying to force us to negotiate our contract during regular business hours, pulling us away from our patients. UW knows that we are not willing to compromise patient care to advocate for ourselves. We demand to negotiate for a fair contract outside of normal clinical hours to minimize the impact of our contract negotiations on patient care and training. UW needs to uphold the precedent set by the rest of the nation, and by their own past bargaining. Let’s ensure this vital task gets our full attention. 

Sign the petition today to demand UW meet after-hours!

Please Note: At this time, this petition is for current UW residents and fellows only. If you’re an ally who would like to support, please follow our social media for updates.

Negotiation Prep Time – Article Planning Meetings

Join your co-residents & fellows to discuss how these articles can be improved in our next contract & draft language for our proposals. No prior contract/legal experience required, and we highly encourage first timers!

It’s important that we get different perspectives from our Union Members (you!) in order to make sure that our contract proposals represent as many resident voices as possible. See below for meeting registration links.

There will be a follow-up meeting to finish the first drafts on July 28th at 6pm – register here!

UWHA Submits Full-page Ads in Sunday Edition of Seattle Times

After more than ten months of negotiating, UWHA continues to fight for a fair contract. Over the course of this year, we have sent the university multiple petitions, hosted a 15-minute Unity Break with over 500 residents in attendance, hosted a resident-wide Wellness Day, engaged in multiple boycotts, and added political pressure through City Council.

The below letters were published in the Sunday Edition of the Seattle Times to CEO of UW Medicine, Dr. Paul Ramsey, urging the university to bring forth a fair contract to the residents and fellows of the University of Washington.

You can help our residents and fellows today by sending an email to UW Medicine.

If you’re interested in learning more, check out the media attention of our past actions.

May 14th Bargaining Session

UWHA and UW Labor Relations (LR) met for the thirty-first bargaining session on Thursday, May 14th, hosted virtually. The state appointed mediator was in attendance.

Article 6 (Fringe Benefits), UWHA accepted additional meals language from the employer, and updated the fitness section to include language explaining how residents can gain access to fitness facilities at the VA. LR proposed language for this section stating all residents will have access to fitness facilities at non-employer owned sites, per the site policy. UWHA also decreased the relocation stipend ask to $250 per incoming resident.

Article 15 (Leave – Sick), UWHA agreed to language proposed by LR that residents must be given the opportunity to attend medical, mental health, optical, and dental appointments. UWHA also updated language to agree with referencing parental leave as in article 13.

Article 18 (Leave – Vacation), UWHA agreed to language proposed by LR in regards to effects of leave on board eligibility. UWHA continued to discuss the need for including four full weeks of vacation in the upcoming academic year. 

Article 25 (Transportation), LR added language specifying parking site locations, which UWHA agrees to, and accepted returning to contract language for parking during nights and weekends.
The next bargaining session is scheduled for Thursday, May 28th from 3:00-7:00pm via Zoom. UWHA welcomes all members to attend, please email admin@uwha.com by 9:00am on May 26th if you would like to join.

April 29th Bargaining Session

UWHA and UW Labor Relations (LR) met for the thirtieth bargaining session on Tuesday, April 29th, hosted virtually. The state appointed mediator was in attendance.

Article 2 (Committees), UWHA updated language regarding committee representation for residents and fellows per the last negotiation session conversation.

Article 6 (Fringe Benefits), LR agreed to language in line with ACGME common program requirements that residents must be given the opportunity to attend medical, mental health, and dental care appointments, including those scheduled during their working hours. 

Article 15 (Leave – Sick), LR agreed to language, similar to in Article 6, regarding personal medical, dental, or optical appointments.

Article 18 (Moonlighting), UWHA continues to include language in the proposal to memorialize policy and make moonlighting opportunities more accessible to residents in good standing. 

Article XX (Miscellaneous/Union Activities), LR agreed to strike language referring to Article 7 (Grievances).

Side Letter – Communication, LR removed language stating that only one email to a UW email is permitted. UWHA acknowledged it would sign a tentative agreement on this letter.
The next bargaining session is scheduled for Thursday, May 14th from 3:00-7:00pm via Zoom. UWHA welcomes all members to attend, please email admin@uwha.com if you would like to join.

April 21st Bargaining Session

UWHA and UW Labor Relations (LR) met for the twenty-ninth bargaining session on Tuesday, April 21st, hosted virtually. UWHA sent counter proposals in advance for Articles 6 and newly proposed XX/Miscellaneous. The state appointed mediator was in attendance.

Article 2 (Committees), UWHA updated language regarding committee representation for residents and fellows.

Article 6 (Fringe Benefits), UWHA accepted language pertaining to meals and decreased the relocation stipend ask to $300 per incoming intern. Currently, there is no relocation stipend.

Article 18 (Moonlighting), UWHA continues to include language in the proposal to memorialize policy and make moonlighting opportunities more accessible to residents in good standing. 

Article XX (Miscellaneous/Union Activities), UWHA adjusted the organization of the article to more closely align the structure of the employer’s similar article. UWHA simplified and proposed new language in Section 5 regarding the use of personal emails. 

The next bargaining session is scheduled for Wednesday, April 29th from 3:00-7:00pm via Zoom. UWHA welcomes all members to attend, please email admin@uwha.com if you would like to join.