Frontline Physicians From Across University of California Hospital System to Confront UC President and Call for a Fair Contract


A Delegation of Resident Physicians and Fellows Will Deliver a Petition Signed by Thousands of Doctors to UC President Dr. Michael Drake Calling Out UC’s Behavior in Bargaining

Oakland, CA—A delegation of resident physician members of the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) will deliver a petition signed by more than 2,500 physicians to the University of California President Dr. Michael Drake on September 29, demanding that Drake and other leaders in the UC hospitals statewide agree to a fair contract for the physicians right away. 

After reaching some resolutions in system-wide bargaining earlier this year, the resident physicians are currently bargaining program-level contracts at each of their hospitals throughout the state as part of their first system-wide contract campaign, known as 1UC. The petition alleges that across the CIR members’ hospitals, members of UC management are putting forth proposals that fail to keep pace with the cost of living or ensure that the physicians can care for themselves and their families while delivering exceptional care to Californians. 

Where: A delegation will deliver a petition to the Office of the UC President at 1111 Franklin St, Oakland. 

When: Thursday, September 29 at 1pm. 

The physicians, who are at the core of daily patient care in their hospitals, say their aim with the 1UC campaign is to raise the floor for both resident physicians and their patients in California. Physicians’ well-being has a direct impact on patients’ well-being, and with salaries that fail to keep pace with inflation, hundreds of thousands in student loan debt, and a culture of overwork nationwide that leads to burnout, depression and even suicide, the physicians say urgent improvements are needed to make their jobs sustainable. 

The Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) is the largest house staff union in the United States. A local of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), representing over 22,000 resident physicians and fellows. Our members are dedicated to improving residency training and education, advancing patient care, and expanding healthcare access for our communities.