Labor Relations

UW – UWHA Negotiations Recap for October 15, 2019


This recap details the eleventh session for the renewal of the collective bargaining agreement between the UW and UWHA. Recaps are published online on the UW Labor Relations website.

Employer Counter Proposals

General Wage Increases – The Employer proposed to increase wages across-the-board by 1% ninety days after contract ratification, 1% on July 1, 2020, and 1% on July 1, 2021.

Chief Resident Supplement – The Employer proposed to increase the monthly chief resident supplement from $150 to $175, beginning July 1, 2020.

Home Call Stipend –The Employer maintained its proposal to move $650 from the travel allowance to the home call stipend for a lump sum of $1,800. Additionally, the Employer proposed to increase the home call stipend from $1,800 to $1,900 per year, beginning July 1, 2020.

Bargaining Unit Definition – In response to the Union’s proposal to include a Union recognition section listing employee job codes, the Employer proposed to include the Public Employment Relations Commission (PERC) certified bargaining unit definition. The Employer again rejected the Union’s proposal to negotiate an expansion of the unit, as proposed by UWHA.

Relocation – In response to the Union’s proposal for a relocation stipend, the Employer proposed language stating that programs could provide additional expenses for relocation reimbursement consistent with the relevant Administrative Policy Statement.

Meals – The Employer proposed a new memorandum of understanding that would require GME to update the current meals policy and provide UWHA with notice and an opportunity to bargain. The policy update would take place by June 30, 2020 or within 120 days of ratification, whichever is later.

Moonlighting – In response to the Union’s proposal, the Employer maintained its interest in keeping much of the moonlighting content in policy and not the contract, but proposed to incorporate additional background information, eligibility requirements including notification to those ineligible, and grant funding details.

Bulletin Boards – In response to the Union’s proposal, the Employer proposed language stating that upon request, space will be made available to the Union on a bulletin board at each UW Medicine site, for the posting of information pertaining to Union business. Bulletin board access at non-UW Medicine sites would be available as determined by the training site.

Next Steps

The next UW and UWHA bargaining session is scheduled for October 23.