Striking Mount Sinai Doctors at Elmhurst Hold Media Availability


Striking Mount Sinai Doctors at Elmhurst Hold Media Availability

On Day 2 of 5-Day ULP Strike, Residents and Negotiators Discuss Bargaining

Queens, NYC—The resident physicians of Mount Sinai at Elmhurst, unionized with the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIRSEIU), will hold a media availability alongside their negotiators to discuss the current state of bargaining as they enter their second day of striking. 

Throughout the negotiation process, Mount Sinai has continued to bargain in bad faith, with four ULP charges filed against them. Approximately 130 of the resident doctors participated in the strike. Picketing for nearly 12 hours, the residents were joined by several elected officials on the picket line including Councilmembers Shekar Krishnan, Carmen De La Rosa, Tiffany Cabán and Queens borough president Donovan Richards. They also received a public letter of support targeting the CEO of Mount Sinai, Dr. Kenneth Davis from New York City Council Members. 

Elmhurst residents are currently significantly underpaid when compared to their counterparts at H+H hospitals, with Mount Sinai refusing to bargain in good faith and bring their salaries and benefits up to parity with their counterparts at other hospitals. They also have yet to agree to hazard pay language for the doctors who served on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic in Elmhurst Queens, one of the boroughs hit hardest. The physicians say that this behavior from Mount Sinai feels both racist and anti-union.

WHO: Elmhurst physicians, represented by the Committee of Interns and Residents, alongside members of their bargaining team. 

WHAT: The striking physicians and members of their bargaining team, who are on their second of a five day strike, will hold a media availability to answer questions regarding the ongoing strike and negotiations process. Member doctors will also be picketing outside of the hospital throughout the day to bring attention to their ongoing labor issues. 

WHEN: Tuesday, May 23rd, from 10AM to 12PM. 

WHERE: Elmhurst Hospital Main Entrance 79-01 Broadway, Queens, NY 11373.

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 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.