Labor Relations

Negotiations Recap for May 23, 2016

This recap summarizes the 26th bargaining session between the UW and the UWHA to form the first union contract for UW medical and dental residents and fellows (collectively called “Residents” below). The mediator was unable to attend this session.


UW raised its proposed stipend increase for the contract’s third year to 3 percent, and expanded its proposed home call stipend to apply to all Residents. UW also applied a cost of living adjustment to UWHA’s recent economic analysis, demonstrating that UW’s proposed stipends are competitive nationally, even when programs’ housing supplements are factored in. The union reported its belief that many residents are unhappy with UW’s current proposal.

Cost of Living Analysis

UW responded to UWHA’s compensation analysis by adjusting for cost of living. In an “apples -to-apples” comparison, UW’s proposed stipend rates exceed the mean and the median of numerous competitive programs both nationally and on the West Coast.

UW Proposals

Stipend Increases – UW proposed stipend increases as follows:

  • First Year (effective after ratification): Recalibration of the stipend schedule with a 3 percent across-the-board increase.

  • Second Year: 2.5 percent across-the-board increase.

  • Third Year: 3 percent across-the-board increase.

Home Call Stipend – UW expanded its proposed $750 annual lump sum payment to apply to all Residents. UW noted that even in programs without a home call requirement there are several other training obligations where Residents must report to training sites on short notice.

Next Steps

The next UW-UWHA bargaining mediation session is currently being determined by the parties.