CIR Victories: eVitals Feb ’17


Congratulations to CIR bargaining committees, leaders, and members on their hard-won new CIR contracts around the country.
New Jersey
New York
Washington, DC


Residents at Highland Hospital vote to ratify their contract

Highland Hospital
December 2016, Oakland

Highland Hospital residents voted unanimously in favor of a new union contract, which introduces a housing stipend of $3000/year. Other highlights include: first-year residents get a 3.5 percent increase; PGY 2-4 residents get a 3 percent increase, raising the starting salary to $59,000 a year. Starting December 1, 2017, first-year residents will receive a 3.25 percent increase; others will receive a 2.75 percent increase.

The resident-run diversity fund has increased $2000. New to this contract is a Step III reimbursement, which will reimburse residents the $845 cost of the exam. The $20,000 Patient Care Fund has also been renewed in this contract.
Congratulations to Highland on a very strong new contract!


Boston Medical Center
September 2016, Boston
The CIR bargaining team at BMC negotiated a very strong contract with the highest salary gains seen since 2008! Here are some other highlights:

  • The first, second, and third year of the contract, all PGY levels will receive a 2% increase
  • The Education Allowance has increased to $900 for 2016, with additional increases throughout the life of the contract.
  • BMC will now offer residents a housing program, the “Lease Guarantee Program,” which guarantees your lease with your landlord and saves you from having to pay last month’s rent up front and the security deposit when signing a lease.
  • On-call meals have increased to $700, and residents can now enjoy “Extra Call Pay,” a restructured tier system for payment to residents which is based on hours worked outside of regularly scheduled hours, including additional home call.
  • Finally, A new working group has been created to help with the issue of ancillary services. The working group’s sole purpose of determining solutions to housestaff performing ancillary tasks, which will help with resident workload and resident work hours immensely.

Congrats to BMC!


Leaders at Jersey City Medical Center Demand Major Increases
December 2016, Jersey City
Congratulations to the JCMC Bargaining Committee for finalizing their new CIR contract, which was unanimously ratified! Two major gains in the contract were annual salary increases of up to 5% per year, part base salary increase and part bonus, as well as an extra $500 per year in education expenses for publishing. This is great news for JCMC residents — congratulations on your new contract!

St. Michael’s Medical Center Contract Ratified!
August 2016, Newark
Congratulations to our St. Michael’s Medical Center members for unanimously ratifying their first-ever CIR contract! We had a highly engaged Bargaining Committee, who fought hard and put in the long hours necessary to win a terrific first contract.

Residents are particularly excited to have protected almost every provision from their previous contract — in particular, vacation days and educational and meal benefits. In addition, they won 4% in base salary increases over the life of the CIR contract! Congratulations and welcome to CIR!


Maimonides Medical Center Contract Ratified!

Maimonides Bargaining Committee members after the contract agreement

February 2017, Brooklyn
Maimonides members voted overwhelmingly to ratify their new contract. Here are the contract highlights:


  • $900 ratification bonus, 2% in 2018, and 2% in 2019
  • Chief stipend increase to $3000
  • Meal allowance increase to $875
  • Medical education increase to $525
  • Formation of a committee to figure out gym and lounge possibilities on site

Brooklyn Hospital Voted Overwhelmingly on their New Contract!
January 2017, Brooklyn
Members at Brooklyn Hospital Center have ratified a new and stronger contract. Contract highlights include:

  • Salary increases of 3% in the first year, 2.5% the second year, and 2.5% the third year
  • Continuation in CIR Benefits Plan with no premium costs to our members for themselves or dependents
  • Toll reimbursements for mandatory outside rotations
  • Continuation of their $10,000 annual Patient Care Fund

CIR Wins Big at Bronx Lebanon!
January 2017, Bronx
Members at Bronx Lebanon unanimously ratified their new contract! Contract highlights include:

  • Salary increases of 2.5% in 2017, 2.5% in 2018, and 2.5% in 2019
  • Increase from $450 to $650 for annual Professional Education Benefits
  • Addition of a $30,000 annual Patient Care Fund to be used by the CIR House Staff Quality Council
  • Continued $300,000 over the life of the contract toward bonuses for successful completion of departmental Quality Improvement (QI) and Patient Safety projects

CIR Members Ratify Their Contract at Brookdale!
December 2016, Brooklyn

Our Brookdale members unanimously ratified their new contract. Here are a few of their contract highlights:

  • 2.4% annual base salary increases in each of the 3 years of the contract
  • Up to $1000 in bonuses over the life of the contract for participation in and successful completion of departmental Quality Improvement projects
  • An additional $1875 per year as a meal allowance directly in residents’ paychecks
  • Outside mandatory rotation reimbursements
  • An annual $75,000 Patient Care Fund for urgent patient care needs (administered by the House Staff Patient Safety Council)
  • Successorship language, guaranteeing that if Brookdale is ever merged or sold, the union contract will be respected.

Institute for Family Health
September 2016, Harlem

Congratulations to the members and leaders at the Institute for Family Health (IFH) who ratified their new contract! The CIR contract includes raises of 1.5%, 2%, 2% and a $650 Professional Education Benefit, as well as a number of other contractual improvements. Congratulations to the bargaining team who all worked very hard during these negotiations.


Howard University Hospital
November 2016, DC

Resident physicians at Howard University Hospital have ratified their first CIR contract, which will improve working conditions, pay, and benefits for 266 housestaff over the duration of their two-year contract. This first contract comes after long organizing efforts and negotiations with hospital administration. While there are still areas to improve, the agreement creates a strong foundation for future negotiations.
The Howard contract includes a 2 percent raise retroactive to October 31, 2016 and a 1.8 percent increase effective October 2017. Members will receive increases in medical education benefits as well as a $400 signing bonus and other provisional improvements.

DC Children’s Hospital
September 2016, DC
We are happy to report that DC Children’s renewed their contract with some significant bonuses. Here are the highlights:

  • 2% salary increase in each of the 3 years of the agreement, for 6% total raise after 3 years
  • $400 increase to medical boards reimbursement in your PGY3 year
  • Increased educational allowance in each year of residency (+300 for PL1s, +$200 for PL2s and PL3s)
  • New language on patient caps changes notification and deliberation
  • A committee dedicated to the ancillary staffing needs of the residents
  • New language on accountable reimbursement timelines for things like conference expenses and parking