Less Than 24 Hours Before the First Physician’s Strike Since 1990, Elected Officials and Community to Join Mount Sinai Resident Doctors “Picket Party”


Queens, NY – Following several days of public actions, including a march on the boss on Thursday May 18, and close to a year of bargaining, resident physicians at represented by CIRSEIU will hold a final event on Sunday, May 21 calling on Mount Sinai, their employer, to bargain fairly and avoid the unfair labor practice strike set to begin on Monday May 22 at 7AM at Elmhurst Hospital.

The picket party is an opportunity for the physicians to reach out to the local community, address questions from the press and make one final demand for Mount Sinai to meet their demands. CIR has filed two ULP charges over Mount Sinai’s bad faith bargaining throughout the past 11 months, including the health system’s unreasonable delay of bargaining for four months last fall. At their last bargaining session on Thursday, May 18, Mount Sinai again failed to meet the residents’ central demand for parity with non-union physicians at Mount Sinai Hospital. 

The resident doctors say they feel they’ve been pushed beyond their breaking point to continue keeping patients safe, while Mount Sinai continues to disrespect them by paying them less than non-union residents and by refusing to bargain in good faith. 

What: Elmhurst Resident physicians employed by Mount Sinai will hold “picket party”

Who: Physicians will be joined by New York State Senator Jessica Ramos, New York State Assembly Members Catalina Cruz and Steven Raga, Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, and City Council Member Tiffany Cabán. 

When: Sunday, May 21 at 12:30PM

Where: The Frank D. O’Connor Playground at 79 01 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373

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 27,000 resident physicians and fellows. Our members are dedicated to improving residency training and education, advancing patient care, and expanding healthcare access for our communities.