Media Advisory – June 9, 2021
Press Contact: Tricia Piper-Bennett
Hundreds of Resident Physicians at Harbor UCLA and LAC-USC to Protest Delay of COVID-19 Impact Pay During Lunchtime Unity Breaks
Doctors on the frontlines of COVID-19 pandemic will not receive additional pay unless LA County acts soon
Los Angeles– Without prompt action from County Supervisors, roughly 400 Resident physicians graduating at the end of June from resident positions in LA County will not receive impact pay. The physicians who worked tirelessly and courageously throughout the pandemic, during PPE and staff shortages, will be excluded from the impact pay they have earned.
Who: Interns, Resident and Fellow physicians, members of the Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU (CIR/SEIU), will stage lunchtime unity breaks at Harbor UCLA and LAC-USC. Dr. Sion Roy, a former resident physician at Harbor UCLA, and now an attending cardiologist and candidate for the 50th assembly district, will join the Resident physicians at the Harbor UCLA event.
Dr. Roy stated in support, “These have been unprecedented times and we need to respond in an unprecedented way.”
What: Called “healthcare heroes” by many, the Resident and Fellow physicians working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic are only human. CIR/SEIU members will stand in solidarity with their graduating colleagues, many still distressed from their experiences in the last year, to urge County elected officials to implement impact pay now.
Where: Simultaneous Unity Breaks will take place at Harbor UCLA and LAC-USC.
Harbor UCLA Medical Center: 1000 W Carson St, Torrance, CA 90502
Point Person: Rashina Young – 213.494.6868
LAC-USC Medical Center: 2051 Marengo St, Los Angeles, CA 90033
Point Person: Marisa Szeps – 213.718.6318
When: Wednesday, June 9, 12:30pm.
Please wear a face mask and practice social distancing.
The Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR) is the largest housestaff union in the United States. A local of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), representing over 18,000 resident physicians and fellows. Our members are dedicated to improving residency training and education, advancing patient care, and expanding healthcare access for our communities.