December 17th Bargaining Session

UWHA and UW Labor Relations (LR) met for the eighteenth bargaining session on December 17th. Articles 1, 2, and 25 were discussed. 

LR updated their proposal on Article 1 (Childcare) to further reflect the language from UWHA’s counter proposal. LR maintains no increase to the fund. 

Article 2 (Committee Membership & Hospital Committees), UWHA updated language to reflect LR’s language regarding the updates to the GMEC Policy Subcommittee. The two proposals differ in the number of representative seats from UWHA and general residents who are allotted for this committee. UWHA has requested that alternatives are designated for the UWHA positions due to the unpredictable schedules of residents/fellows. Additionally, LR proposes to limit the number of seats available to UWHA. 

UWHA made two major updates to the counterproposal for Article 25 (Transportation). The new proposal contains a simplification to the bicycle fund, that would create a two-tiered stipend, allowing residents who bike commute either <80%, or >80% to request their stipend in advance, reducing the administrative burden on a quarterly basis, in addition to increasing the fund to account for the stipend being taxed. The other point of contention was around the Safe Ride Home program. LR has proposed to transition the approval process to UWHA and cap the fund at $500 (currently there is no cap on funds; however, the program is highly restrictive). UWHA is open to handing the approval process, but proposed a cap of $10,000. Resident/ Fellow safety is of utmost concern, and UWHA is concerned about how quickly the $500 would be used by residents, limiting the safe ride home program for the remainder of the year. 

Additionally, GME gave an update on laundering services. GME has been meeting with departments and the laundry vendor to identify issue areas. Changes are being made to improve the system and reduce turnaround time for laundering services.

Article 10 (Leave – Bereavement) was tentatively agreed and signed.

The next bargaining session is scheduled for Monday, December 30th from 3:00-7:00pm at Roosevelt Commons West, Rm. 271. UWHA welcomes all members to attend.

December 11th Bargaining Session

UWHA and UW Labor Relations (LR) met for the seventeenth bargaining session on December 11th. Articles 1, 2, 10, 11, 12, 13, 15, 18,  22, 23, and newly submitted Articles “Duration” and “Union Activities” were re-proposed. 

Article 1 (Childcare) was updated to reach a closer consensus on matching language between the UWHA and LR proposals. LR maintains a $50,000 childcare fund, while UWHA continues to propose $506,000 to cover childcare expenses for members. 

LR updated Article 2 (Committee Memberships & Hospital Committees) to reflect the most recent changes regarding the GMEC Policy Subcommittee (previously known as the Institutional Resident/Fellow Advisory Committee, IRFAC), with a maximum of two representatives from UWHA. UWHA continues to assert that maximum resident/fellow representative on this committee is essential.

Article 10 (Leave – Bereavement) was updated by UWHA to reflect the most recent LR language. UWHA kept language to be more inclusive of those who necessitate further travel for bereavement.

Article 11 (Leave – Extended), LR added language to their proposal which would clarify that employees can take additional leave in addition to PFML payments.

Article 12 (Leave – Holidays), UWHA updated language to reflect Native American Heritage Day, and kept proposed language to pay out paid personal holidays.

Article 13 (Leave – Miscellaneous), LR increased the amount of parental leave an employee can take to 18 weeks – using a combination of sick leave, personal holiday, and unpaid time off. UWHA still has substantial concerns regarding accommodations made for pregnant residents/fellows. 

Article 15 (Leave – Sick), LR agreed to language to reflect UWHA language on bereavement leave and childcare needs during sick leave. UWHA continues to maintain payout of sick leave at the end of residency. 

Article 18 (Moonlighting), LR updated their language to reflect the UWHA program performance language. 

Article 22 (Progression by Training Year), UWHA updated the proposal to reflect concerns made my LR about the tables being confusing – removing the tables entirely. UWHA continues to assert that members who are required to take a research year, will progress in their program during this time. 

Article 23 (Salary/Stipend), LR updated their salary proposal to be 2% (90 days after ratification, equating to <1% even if immediately implemented), 2% (July 1, 2020), and 1% (July 1, 2021). Additionally, the housing stipend proposal from LR was increased by $100, raising the stipend to $2,100 per year. 

LR brought forth the same counter proposals on Article XX “Duration” and Article XX “Union Activities” as they did last time these articles were discussed.

The next bargaining session is scheduled for Tuesday, December 17th from 3:00-7:00pm at Roosevelt Commons West, Rm. 271. UWHA urges all members to attend.

October 15th Bargaining Session

UWHA and UW Labor Relations (LR) met for the eleventh bargaining session on October 15th. LR supplied counter proposals on Articles 1 (Childcare), 3 (Definitions), 6 (Fringe Benefits), 18 (Management Rights), 23 (Salary), and newly submitted article “Union Activities.” UWHA brought forth counter proposals for Articles 7, 10-13; however, they were not discussed due to lack of time. 

The counterproposal for Childcare contained no additional funding to the Childcare Fund, only including language updates based on feedback from GME. UWHA reiterated the importance of a more robust Childcare Fund and it’s value in recruiting and sustaining a diverse cohort of residents. 

Regarding, Article 6, Fringe Benefits – LR proposed updates to the Resident Orientation section with language specifying which activities residents would receive pay for, in addition to adding language to “Relocation” to state that departments may reimburse for relocation expenses consistent with administrative policy. UWHA is concerned about how that would occur in practice and what that means for residents and fellows in programs with less funding. 

LR proposed language updates to Article 18, Moonlighting. UWHAs priority for this article is to make moonlighting easily and fairly accessible to all residents in good standing. Current proposed language from LR is limiting in who can participate, however, LR is concerned about the mechanism for which this information would be shared across programs.

LRs brought forth an additional proposal to their newly submitted “Union Activities” article. This proposal contained a new section, outlining limits to staff representatives of the union and access of work sites. In addition, this proposal included language to allow for union bulletin boards at all UW medicine sites. 

Lastly, Article 23 (Salary) was discussed at length, as LR brought forth two proposed changes from their most recent proposal, which included an increase to the Chief Resident Stipend, by $25/month, up to $175/month and increasing the Home Call Stipend, starting July 1, 2020 to $1900 per year. The proposed salary increases per year, remain the same from their first proposal. 

Conversation and debate on these topics took the entirety of the session and UWHA’s proposals are postponed to the next session. 

The next bargaining session is scheduled for Tuesday, October 29th from 3:00-7:00pm at Roosevelt Commons West, Rm. 271. UWHA urges all members to attend.

September 5th Bargaining Session

UWHA and UW Labor Relations (LR) met for the ninth bargaining session on September 5th. This was an abbreviated 2 hour-session due to scheduling conflicts. Mindy Kornberg, Vice President of Human Relations, UW came to discuss childcare needs at the University and answered questions from UWHA. Articles 1, 7, and the newly LR proposed “Union Activities” Articles were discussed. Appendix IV was Tentatively Agreed.

LR presented a counter proposal on Article 1 (Childcare), which included language changes, but no increases to funding for the Childcare Fund, or increased priority for childcare center openings for residents. Mindy Kornberg discussed the ongoing struggles of childcare accessibility and cost universally, what the University has done to try to improve this, and that they understand this is a problem for resident families. There are currently 972 people on wait lists for childcare, with a 2-3 year long wait. UWHA feels strongly that the University has an imminent responsibility to make childcare more accessible and less of a financial burden to its employees. 

LR also presented a counter proposal on Article 7 (Grievances), which clarified language and updated procedures based on the last discussion. UWHA also rejected the proposal for an article titled “Union Activities” stating that most of the proposed language is already covered by state law, or publicly available to the university. 

The next bargaining session is scheduled for Thursday, September 26th from 3:00-7:00pm. UWHA encourages all members to attend.

Fall 2019 Childcare Fund Application is Open!

To apply for the Childcare Fund, please fill out the survey by September 18th.

For those who are interested, the eligibility and disbursement criteria that will be used for this fund are here. By September 23rd you will hear from us regarding your eligibility for the fund and your weighted score, you will then have until September 28th to appeal these decisions.

As a reminder, we are able to disperse $50,000 per year. We have asked for $500,000 per year in our contract proposal and the first offer we received included no increase to the fund. We will continue to fight for more funding as we know the cost of childcare in Seattle creates a huge burden for resident families.

If you have questions, please email admin@uwha.com