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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.”

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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

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.

Notice Re: Halting Negotiations & Actions

The COVID-19 outbreak has thrust our region into a public health crisis. UWHA residents have been and will continue to be on the frontlines, taking care of patients and doing their utmost to contain the epidemic so as to protect all of our communities. Given the dire circumstances, the UWHA board has decided to halt all negotiations and actions for the next two weeks to allow our members to focus on what they do best: caring for patients.

This means we are postponing the ROS Action pending re-evaluation at a later date.
UWHA residents have been working on an expired contract since June of 2019. Despite months of negotiations, where members of the bargaining team have now each missed over 100 hours of patient care, the UW continues to make contract offers that amount to a pay-cut, keeping UW residents far behind their colleagues at peer institutions. UW is showing just how little they value residents at a time when they should be doing the opposite. We are committed to continuing to fight for a fair contract. We plan to reconvene on April 1st to continue the work of bargaining in good faith and intend to reach a contract we can all be proud of.

March 11th Bargaining Session

UWHA and UW Labor Relations (LR) met for the twenty-sixth bargaining session on Wednesday, March 11th. UWHA sent counter proposals in advance for Articles 1, 3, 6, 15, 16, 19, 23, and 25. You can read the highlights and view the package proposal. LR submitted a new proposals for Articles 2, 6, 23, and a Side Letter and MOU. Article 13 (Leave – Miscellaneous) was Tentatively Agreed to by both parties.

Article 2 (Committees), LR offered that all UWHA and peer-appointed resident/fellow committee members shall be granted an excused absence(s) from regular clinical or scholarly duties to attend their respective committee meeting. 

Article 6 (Fringe Benefits), beginning July 1, 2020, the Employer will increase the meal reimbursement to ten dollars ($10.00) per meal. 

Article 23 (Salary/Stipends), increased the housing stipend an additional $100 starting July 1, 2020, totalling $2,400 (please note this has been combined with the $750 travel stipend, so is more like $1,650 for housing and $750 for travel).

The side letter notes that the offer in Article 2 can be extended if mutually agreed upon. 

The MOU would provide a $950.00 lump sum to residents sixty days after ratification.

The next bargaining session is scheduled for Wednesday, March 18th from 3:00-7:00pm at Roosevelt Commons West, Rm. 271. UWHA welcomes all members to attend.