Boston Medical Center, physicians strike deal with 20% raise

Members of the Committee of Interns and Residents have reached a tentative agreement with Boston Medical Center.

CIR, a local of the Service Employees International Union, represents more than 700 resident physicians, according to an Aug. 21 news release. Boston Medical Center is a 514-bed academic medical center.

Union members and the hospital reached the tentative deal after four months of negotiations.

According to the union, the agreement includes raises of about 20 percent over three years, an additional living stipend totaling $11,000 per resident, four weeks annual paid vacation, and key language related to diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives.

"Most of us came to BMC specifically because we wanted to provide great care to everyone who needed it, and to fulfill BMC's mission to promote health justice across Boston," Denisse Rojas, MD, said in the release. "We're so proud that we won a contract that will help ensure that physicians coming out of the same communities we serve can actually afford to work here and can thrive while they're here, which has a profound impact on patient care."

The agreement comes weeks after BMC resident physicians rallied July 20 for higher pay. 

In a statement shared with Becker's, BMC said it "greatly values the contribution our residents and fellows make to our hospital. We are pleased to have worked with the Committee of Interns and Residents to, once again, reach a mutually agreeable contract."

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