Labor Relations

UW – UWHA Negotiations Recap for April 9, 2020


This recap details the twenty-seventh session and first virtual session for the renewal of the collective bargaining agreement between the UW and UWHA. This was the seventh session to be facilitated by a State-appointed mediator. Recaps are published online on the UW Labor Relations website.

Union Package Proposal

The Union presented a Package Proposal in response to the Employer’s last, best and final proposal from the previous session on March 11.  Package highlights included:

Childcare Fund – The Union proposed that the Employer’s childcare fund be increased to $100,000 and maintained its proposal to create a new back up childcare fund of $50,371.

General Wage Increases – The Union proposed an increase to wages across-the-board by 3% after contract ratification and retroactive to July 1, 2019, with an additional increase of 3% on July 1, 2020 and 3% on July 1, 2021.

Chief Resident Supplement – The Union proposed an increase to the Chief Resident stipend supplement to $300 per month.

Housing Stipend – The Union proposed an increase to the existing housing stipend, up to $12,000 annually.

Committee Memberships – The Union proposed that in the event a representative is unable to attend a committee meeting, a substitute could be designated, provided 24-hour notice to the chairperson.

Relocation – The Union proposed that all UWHA residents would be given a $300 relocation stipend in their first month of training,

Employer Counter Proposals

Professional Development Fund – In response to the Union, the Employer proposed to reincorporate current contract language that allows residents to roll over up to $1,000 of unused Professional Development funds in each consecutive training year.

Pagers and Cell Phones – In response to the Union, the Employer proposed that if any changes were made to the UW Medicine mobile devise use policy to expand eligibility, then the UWHA would have the opportunity to bargain.

Next Steps

The next UW and UWHA bargaining session is scheduled for April 15.