New Contract at Cambridge Health Alliance

CHA Bargaining Team picDespite a budget crisis and a round of voluntary layoffs, residents at Cambridge Health Alliance won increases and a the continuation of a patient experience bonus in their latest three-year contract, ratified in April.

The 18-member bargaining team, representing 116 residents in nine programs, negotiated a $500 bonus for all housestaff, plus 3 percent increases over the life of the contract. The Patient Experience Bonus will award residents $500 each if the hospital’s patient satisfaction scores improve by a minimum amount by June 30, 2016.

Substantial changes in work space will now be a mandatory subject of notice and discussion, an important change for the housestaff who have in the past year seen several significant work space changes with as little as two days notice.