UWHA and UW Labor Relations (LR) met for the twenty-fourth bargaining session on Wednesday, February 19th. UWHA brought counter proposals for Articles 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, and 16th. LR submitted a package proposal including proposals on Articles 6, 7, 11, 13, 16, 23, and 25.

Article 6 (Fringe Benefits), UWHA added language that aligns the Wellness and Counseling Appointment policy with that of ACGME program requirements, lowered the meal reimbursement rate to $10.00 per meal, with a $0.50 increase each year, and lowered the relocation stipend to $2,500 for incoming residents.

Article 7 (Grievances), UWHA offered minor language updates.

Articles 11 (Leave – Extended) and Article 13 (Leave – Miscellaneous), UWHA proposed minor language changes. The two parties are almost met on language. 

Article 12 (Leave – Holiday), UWHA removed language that would allow members to have their birthday be considered a holiday. 

Article 16 (Leave – Vacation), UWHA added language that would support a mechanism for residents who are not able to take all but two of their vacation days, to examine why they were unable to take the time off. The purpose of this mechanism is to identify if programs are denying vacation time and improve this in the future.

LR’s package proposal includes proposals to: 

Article 6 (Fringe Benefits), LR proposed increasing the meal reimbursement to $9.50 beginning July 1, 2021. 

Article 7 (Grievances), LR proposed to eliminate the “Resolution” language.

Articles 11 (Leave – Extended) and Article 13 (Leave – Miscellaneous), LR proposed minor language changes. 

Article 16 (Leave – Vacation), LR proposed giving residents a minimum of twenty-four days (18 weekdays and 6 weekend days) of paid vacation each year. 

Article 23 (Salary/Stipend), LR has increased the salary offer to include 2-2-2% raises each year, and decreased the first year date effective to 75 days after ratification, instead of 90 days. Additionally, LR increased the housing stipend by another $100, totalling $2,300 (please note this has essentially been combined with the $750 travel stipend, so is more like $1,550 for housing and $750 for travel). 

Article 25 (Transportation), In lieu of removing the bike sustainability program, LR has proposed a fully-subsidized UPASS and increased the Safe Ride Home program to $700/year for all residents. 

The next bargaining session is scheduled for Tuesday, March 3rd from 3:00-7:00pm at Roosevelt Commons West, Rm. 271. UWHA welcomes all members to attend.

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