Media Advisory – For Planning Purposes – April 1, 2021
Press Contact: Tricia Piper-Bennett
Tired of UC Davis Health’s exclusionary policies, CIR Housestaff Prepare for Unity Break
On April 1, Resident and Fellow Physicians will break for a fair contract
Sacramento- Neither a public health crisis nor 18 months of contract negotiations has brought UC Davis Health housestaff closer to agreeing upon a housing allowance to match the value they bring to their residency program. Intentionally or not, the UC Davis Health administration has perpetuated an elitist and exclusionary policy by underestimating resident housing costs by nearly 75%. A studio rents for $1400, while administrators have insisted that 1-bedroom apartments can be found at $800 per month.
Resident and Fellow physicians at UC Davis have served Sacramento valiantly throughout the pandemic. Exhausted after their 80-hour work week, they continue to come to the table to negotiate with hospital administration. The UC Davis Health housestaff seek to achieve a fair contract for themselves, and all future medical residents who will serve Sacramento.
The hospital administration continues to deny contract parity provided to fellow UC system housestaff that would better align with today’s rental market in Sacramento. This ignorance to the plight of incoming housestaff, many of whom are already burdened with student debt, risks decreasing the diversity of doctors serving the community.
Who: Organized with the Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU (CIR/SEIU), UC Davis’ Resident and Fellow physicians have been negotiating for a fair and inclusive contract since September 2019.
What: CIR/SEIU Housestaff will organize a Unity Break to address their continued efforts toward negotiating a fair contract.
Where: UC Davis Medical Center, Main Hospital Entrance, 2315 Stockton Blvd, Sacramento, CA 95817
When: Thursday, April 1, 2021 from 12:30 – 12:45 PM
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 17,000 resident physicians and fellows. Our members are dedicated to improving residency training and education, advancing patient care, and expanding healthcare access for our communities.