Letter from the President

Dear colleagues,

Winter is coming. In a few weeks the season will again change and UWHA contract negotiations will begin. The literal and figurative meanings of the statement adequately capture the brevity of this time.

First and foremost, please take care of yourselves and each other. Short days with little sunlight can have detrimental affects (not to mention the holidays), so be mindful. Making time for your wellbeing by prioritizing the healthy ways you recharge is a win for everyone. Patient, peer, family, and friend relationships are improved (and more tolerable) when you are healthy.

Second, your UWHA Board has been preparing for negotiations. We combed our contract to identify areas to strengthen and improve. Your input is requested and highly encouraged! Please attend our next UWHA member meeting on Wednesday, 12/12 at 5pm in the South Campus Center. The meeting room will be posted on our website, Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. 

We are in the process of forming the bargaining team, so if you have any interest in being a part of the process, please send us an email or get in touch via social media! A key position, Lead Negotiator, was filled by Dr. Kisha Clune, who formerly served as secretary. We now have two open board positions, which need to be filled ASAP: President-Elect will be highly involved in the management of the UWHA to assist with the transition in leadership at the end of their term. Secretary is an executive board position responsible for assisting with strategy and communication matters. 

To learn more about these positions and/or to express interest, please email: execboard@uwhousestaff.com

We anticipate this being a challenging process, fraught with minimal cooperation from labor relations. In fact, we have already experienced difficulty with scheduling bargaining meetings. They think ResFels (Resident & Fellows) skipping clinical experiences is a reasonable solution to UWHA’s request to bargain outside of “normal business hours.” Perhaps members of their team do not understand our commitment to patient care and professional education. Winter is coming and they will learn.

Lastly, please remember, we are for you. We are not for the hospital nor university. You, and your ability to develop professionally and personally, are UWHA’s principal priority. We believe physicians and dentists who are well cared for provide the best, and most compassionate, patient care. Please contact us with questions, concerns, ideas, and suggestions.

 

With gratitude & anticipation,

 

Tracy L. Burns, MD

UWHA President 

Pain Medicine Fellow

"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable… This is no time for apathy or complacency. This is a time for vigorous and positive action." Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.