Letter from the President: CIR is coming this Saturday, 2 February 2019

Dear colleagues,

Happy New Year, MLK Day, and Lunar New Year!

Some of you may note two of the three salutations are belated, but better late than never. 2019 has brought a lot of sun to Seattle and stagnation to the States. My heart breaks for the latter, and I encourage each of you to use your platform to help our country. Thankfully sunny Seattle is bright during these cold days. In my last post I opened with “winter is coming,” and it is here. The seasons have changed and UWHA has started the bargaining process. We combed through the old contract and are in the final preparation phase. For those who want join our efforts, are curious about the process, or just want to pick up new skills, please attend our Special Session with CIR on Saturday!

The Committee for Interns and Residents is the largest and most experienced resident union in America. This is the only meeting of its kind, and a first for UWHA. Business starts at 9:00 am and breakfast at 8:00 so our night shift members can say hello on their way home. This is a contract year and we plan to win. You, as a ResFel, are a part of our UWHA team (mushy people might say family), and you can help us.

Come Saturday 2.2.19 to learn bargaining table tactics and negotiations ninja skills! We will feed you if you RSVP and no matter how long you can stay, please stop by. At minimum you can pick up a button, food (with RSVP), and a warm smile from the colleagues who labor to improve your working conditions. You could also opt for a firm handshake and stern look – we take all comers without judgement.

The meeting is at South Campus Center, Room 354!

Until Saturday,

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.