For Immediate Release
Press Contact: Dara Streit
Committed to Improving Working Conditions and Care at Mass General Brigham Hospitals, MGB Doctors Unionize
MGB Hospital Administration Move to Prevent Resident Union
Boston, MA — Resident physicians, interns, and fellows at Mass General Brigham health system will hold a press conference on Wednesday, April 19 in response to MGB declining voluntary recognition and their ongoing effort to drag out the unionization process. The frontline Boston physicians filed for a union election with the NLRB on April 4, almost one month after first going public with their historic campaign. As the largest fellowship and residency programs on the East Coast, MGB’s over 2,500 residents are using their numbers to demand improved patient care and working conditions at MGB and beyond.
Working on the frontlines of the state’s largest employer and medical provider, MGB residents say they are consistently overworked, underpaid, and used as a stopgap amid widespread understaffing at MGB’s hospitals put their and their patients’ well-being at risk. MGB residents are organizing to create a safer working environment accessible to physicians from all walks of life, ensuring patients are treated by passionate, talented doctors that reflect the community they serve.
“We believe that a better healthcare system is possible,” said Dr. Hannah Abrams. “As one of the largest residency programs on the East Coast, MGB has the opportunity to help transform residency throughout the region, and that all starts by listening to the people who care for our patients.”
Who: The resident and fellow physicians at Mass General Brigham, represented by the Committee of Interns and Residents. Resident doctors will be joined by Boston City Councilor Ruthzee Louijeune, Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) and the AFL-CIO.
What: Mass General Brigham residents will hold a press conference to formally announce their election for union representation. As the hospital’s primary care providers, MGB housestaff are advocating for safer working conditions, training, and improved patient care.
Where: Near Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Corner of Francis and Huntington, Boston, MA 02114.
When: Wednesday, April 19, 2023, from 5:00pm to 5:30pm. The event will start on time and run for 30 minutes.
The over 2,500 physicians who currently serve as the hospital’s frontline care providers are organizing at a pivotal moment in resident unionization. Coast to coast, their colleagues at Montefiore, California Pacific Medical Center and Life Long Medical Center recently won their union, and residents at Penn and George Washington University are currently gearing up for their elections.
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 25,000 resident physicians and fellows. Our members are dedicated to improving residency training and education, advancing patient care, and expanding healthcare access for our communities.