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Send A Support Letter Here:
I am a Ally!
I am a UW Patient Ally!

The resident and fellow physicians of University of Washington have been working under an expired contract for almost a year (expiration: June 30, 2019). During this time, we have been denied raises, having been told before COVID19 began that our 80-hour work weeks and determination to provide the best care to the people of Washington was of little worth to UW. We are asking for fair pay and benefits that align with those of our West Coast peer institutions. 

If you support the underpaid, overworked residents at University of Washington, please join with us in writing a letter to UW Medicine leadership to remind them it’s time for a fair contract. Our residents and fellows deserve better and our community deserves doctors who are wholly focused on their patient care. We are there for you and your health, always. We wish UW was there for us.

You can also show your support by:
1. Following us on social media – Twitter, Instagram, Facebook
2. Making a Donation to UWHA

UWHA Residents at the Front-Line of COVID-19 Response

In the past week, residents of Seattle and King County have been inundated with news about the growing number of confirmed cases of individuals diagnosed with COVID-19, otherwise known as Coronavirus. While state and local governments are mobilizing emergency funds to respond to this outbreak, University of Washington Housestaff Association (UWHA) resident physicians are working hard to take care of their patients who are now at risk. UWHA residents and fellows make up approximately twenty percent of the physicians in King County and are on the front-lines of patient care alongside nurses, technicians, and many other healthcare workers. We recognize that this is a particularly scary time for our community. To that end, UWHA residents stand united in reaffirming our utmost commitment to patient safety and health. We are your doctors; we will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that you receive the best care possible.

In the interim, please refer to this FAQ resource that UW Medicine has provided to patients: https://www.uwmedicine.org/coronavirus


If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to the UWHA. You can contact us at: admin@uwha.com.

UWHA Settles Vacation Time Grievance with employer

After nine months of debate, UWHA and Labor Relations were able to come to an agreement in ensuring that residents and fellows are not improperly losing vacation time guaranteed to them.

Previously, residents and fellows who scheduled vacation time (or sick time) that sandwiched a holiday (or weekend depending on the program), would have the already scheduled day off, count against their vacation (or sick) time. Vacation time is already minimal for residents and fellows, and many residents were losing additional days due to this guidance.

The employer has agreed to update the policy, stating that programs cannot code holidays or weekends as vacation, when the resident is not scheduled to work.

This will go into effect on July 1, 2020.

Thank you to the residents who brought this to our attention and our grievance team for their persistence and dedication.

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. 

Seattle City Council Unanimously Supports Residents Being Offered a Fair Contract

On April 27th, all nine Seattle City Councilmembers signed a letter of support on behalf of residents and fellows at the University of Washington receiving a fair contract.

The letter was sent to Dr Paul Ramsey, CEO of UW Medicine, and UW President, Ana Mari Cauce.

UWHA graciously thanks each Councilmember for their support and understanding. We agree that, “failing to negotiate such a contract will have long term impacts on our region.”

April 15th Bargaining Session

UWHA and UW Labor Relations (LR) met for the twenty-eighth bargaining session on Wednesday, April 15th. UWHA sent counter proposals in advance for Articles 6 and 21. The state appointed mediator was in attendance.

Article 6 (Fringe Benefits), Both LR and UWHA have come to agreement on the meal reimbursement amount. UWHA updated language on how the policy would be implemented. UWHA also updated language on the cell phone section to state that if the UW Medicine policy changes, UWHA would be able to bargain. UWHA maintains that residents should have access to fitness facilities at all sites, including the VA. LR removed language about having healthy foods accessible at the VA, to language that says food accessible at the VA will be in line with the meals policy.

Article 21 (Professional Development), UWHA accepted language that programs could implement the professional development funds, either through a stipend or reimbursement; however, maintains that a stipend would need to be higher due to it being taxable. 

Article XX (Union Activities), LR accepted language regarding staff representatives or employees of UWHA. 

Side Letter (GMEC), UWHA updated language to better reflect current policy and the trial period for GMEC alternative representatives.

LR promised to send over a new proposal for Article 18 (Moonlighting) by Monday, April 20th.

The next bargaining session is scheduled for Tuesday, April 21st 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 9th Bargaining Session

UWHA and UW Labor Relations (LR) met for the twenty-seventh bargaining session on Wednesday, April 9th via Zoom. UWHA presented counter proposals for Articles 1, 2, 6, 11, 21, 23, and 25. LR responded with proposals on Articles 6,11, and 21. Articles 3, 11, and 13 are ready to be Tentatively Agreed (TA) to (upon virtual signature). The state appointed mediator was in attendance.

Article 1 (Childcare), UWHA decreased the financial ask for the Childcare Fund to $100,000; however, continues to propose the Emergency Childcare Fund at $50,000. 

Article 2 (Committees), UWHA removed the representative substitution section for all subcommittees, updated the GME Committee (GMEC) to have a minimum of one UWHA-endorsed resident representative seat, and removed the duty to inform section – stating that minutes, agendas, and communication will be available to UWHA upon request.

Article 3 (Definitions), is ready to be TA’d.

Article 6 (Fringe Benefits), UWHA accepted the employer’s meal reimbursement proposal of $10.00/per meal, starting 7/1/2020. UWHA reduced the relocation stipend to $300 per incoming resident. LR said they have no intention to create a relocation stipend for residents.

Article 11 (Leave-Extended), UWHA updated language to say “Contact UWHA” where links were listed previously. Both UWHA and LR agreed this article is ready to TA. 

Article 13 (Leave – Miscellaneous), is ready to be TA’d.

Article 21 (Professional Development),UWHA decreased the proposal for the  professional development fund to $400/per year, and increased the rollover to a maximum of $2,000. 

Article 23 (Salary), UWHA decreased financial asks to 3/3/3% salary increases, $300/month for chief resident stipend, and $12k/year housing stipend. LR has no responses to this article.

Article 25 (Transportation), UWHA removed the bike helmet reimbursement.LR has no responses to this article.


The next bargaining session is scheduled for Wednesday, April 15th from 3:00-7:00pm via Zoom. UWHA welcomes all members to attend, please email admin@uwha.com if you would like to join.

Winter Quarter UWHA Bike Fund Reimbursements Due: April 30th

If you’d like to participate in the UWHA CBA Bike Program, please submit documentation to GME (uwgme@uw.edu) before April 30, 2020.  Please see below regarding what/how to submit:

Quarterly Bicycle Stipend

What: $25 stipend, given quarterly

Eligibility: UWHA members who bicycle > 80% of the AY20 winter quarter (from January 1, 2020 – March 31, 2020)

How:

  1. Legibly complete and sign the attached form. Please ensure that you initial all lines.
  2. Submit to GME by e-mail (UWGME@uw.edu) or mail (UW GME Bike Fund, Box 358047)

Bike Helmets

What: A free bike helmet

How:

  1. Submit receipt to GME by e-mail for electronic receipts (UWGME@uw.edu) or mail for paper receipts (UW GME Bike Fund, Box 358047)
  2. Costs must have been incurred during the AY20 winter quarter (from January 1, 2020 – March 31, 2020)

Bike Maintenance

What: up to $100 in bicycle maintenance costs.

How:

  1. Submit receipt to GME by e-mail (UWGME@uw.edu) or mail (UW GME Bike Fund, Box 358047)
  2. Costs must have been incurred during the AY20 winter quarter (from January 1, 2020 – March 31, 2020)
  3. Examples of reimbursable items: costs of maintenance service, tools, bike tubes, lights, locks
  4. Examples of non-reimbursable items: bicycles, clothing, backpacks, panniers, running shoes, or other non-bike maintenance or non-bike related items.

Rejected requests are commonly due to easily fixable errors

  • Receipts must be itemized.
    • Documenting each individual item purchased or service performed
    • Vendor
    • Cost
    • Date of purchase
  • Bike shop services: they give you two pieces of paper: an invoice itemizing what was done and a receipt showing that it was paid for (often stapled together). Please save BOTH and submit BOTH at the end of the year.
  • Carbon copies: please submit the top sheet. The lower sheets can be damaged easily.
  • Amazon: e-mail receipts are not adequate. Instead, do this
    • Accounts and lists
    • Your orders
    • Order details
    • View or print invoice
  • If you’re sending a scan or picture, please ensure it is legible

Please note:

You must be a member of the UWHA to qualify.  Information about who is covered by the contract is found here: https://hr.uw.edu/labor/wp-content/uploads/sites/8/2017/09/UWHA-Bargaining-Unit-Summary-9.14.2017.pdf.

·Reimbursements will be made via whatever mechanism you have in place for your paycheck (Ex: if you are signed up for direct deposit, then the reimbursement will be made via direct deposit).

·Please provide your name and your UW NetID along with the receipt.

·You must approve of the reimbursement in Ariba (as the final step in the reimbursement process).  These notices will come to your UW email account. If you submit for a reimbursement, please check your UW email frequently as these notifications will time out of the system if you do not approve in a timely manner.

Deadline for these submissions is April 30, 2020 at 5pm.  Late submissions will be held until the next submission window.