Tuesday, August 13, 2019

"Walkout" News on Wednesday

From the BruinResident physicians and interns will hold a walkout at UCLA Ronald Reagan Medical Center on Wednesday in response to alleged cuts to health insurance benefits and restrictions to union access. 

The Committee of Interns and Residents, the largest house staff union in the United States, announced the walkout Friday. CIR is a local of the Service Employees International Union, which represents physicians and fellows.

According to a press release from CIR, UCLA intends to make cuts to doctors’ health insurance benefits and continues to restrict union access following a year of bargaining with the union.

The union has been unable to have union representation on campus, said Tricia Piper-Bennett, program manager for the public relations company representing CIR...

A UCLA Health spokesperson said in an email statement that UCLA believes it has offered a fair package to the interns and resident physicians... According to (a UCLA) press release, the hospital will remain open during the walkout, but patients are encouraged to confirm their Wednesday appointments.

Full story at

Note: Since the Regents' Health Services Committee is meeting today, there is likely to be something about this matter during the public comments period.


After more than two years of bargaining and five strikes, roughly 16,000 health-care, research and technical workers at the University of California voted to ratify a new labor contract with their employer, according to the union’s website. Union leaders said the contract provided raises totaling 29-30 percent over five years, and they touted protections on parking fees, health-care premiums and overtime pay.

UPTE-CWA President Jamie McDole thanked the membership for their continued engagement and dedication...

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