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Negotiations resumes over residents' salary

Residency Program Insider, January 15, 2016

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Residents at the University of Washington resumed negotiations with the office of graduate medical education this week to settle a dispute over salary. The residents’ union, the University of Washington Housestaff Association (UWHA), is asking for higher salaries due to Seattle’s high cost of living.

According to the university, residents and fellows are paid $53,268 to $69,792 annually, which is competitive with other academic medical centers. The UWHA argue that residents struggle to afford living in Seattle because they are paid too little. The average rent in Seattle accounts for about 60% of residents’ monthly salary.

Previous negotiations between the administration and the UWHA broke down last September when the UWHA refused to continue. The Public Employment Relations Committee has been called in to mediate the new negotiations.

Source: The Daily of the University of Washington



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