Labor Disputes

The UWHA is committed to protecting resident and fellow rights and ensuring fair implementation of the contract. In cases where UW has violated the contract or treated residents unfairly we have aggressively pursued legal and public action to protect residents. When necessary we work with Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt LLP, the Pacific Northwest's largest union-side labor and employment law firm. We partner with other labor unions at UW and in Washington State to work on issues relevant to housestaff. We have also worked with local government such as the Seattle City Council to advocate for housestaff rights.

If you are a resident or fellow and are concerned that you have been treated unfairly please contact the UWHA so that we can advocate for you.


A timeline/summary of recent labor disputes between residents and UW is shown below:

  • 10/25/16 - Residents ratify new contract. 
  • 11/1/16 - UW attempts to change the contract AFTER RATIFICATION to eliminate reimbursement for USMLE and medical licenses. UWHA threatens legal action. 
  • 11/7/16 - UW agrees that residents should be reimbursed for USMLE step III AND WA State medical licenses. UW and UWHA sign a Memorandum of Understanding guaranteeing that UW with reimburse housestaff.
  • 1/12/17 - UW claimed that new hires would not be reimbursed for medical licenses in violation of the contract. UWHA treatens legal action.
  • 1/18/17 - UW agrees to reimburse new hires for licenses.
  • 5/10/17 - GME decides to cut funding for childcare program and for bike transportation programs. UWHA files two grievances in protest.