UC Davis hospital residents, interns seek to unionize after San Francisco protest

Workers at Sacramento-based University of California Davis Medical Center want  to join the Committee of Interns and Residents, a unit of the Service Employees International Union, according to The Sacramento Bee.

A majority of the roughly 800 medical residents, interns and fellows at the hospital will ask the California Public Employment Relations Board to certify the union to negotiate for them, according to the report.

The workers, who signed up to authorize the committee  to represent them in bargaining, say they want a more powerful voice.

"Right now, residents have no say in what goes into their contract," Lauren Jansen, MD, a third-year resident in family medicine at the medical center , told the Bee. "Things change year to year. Nothing feels secure, but once we have a union involved, we'll be able to lock in our current benefits and can only go up from there."

Medical center officials did not immediately return the publication's call seeking comment.

Unionization efforts come after medical interns, residents and fellows at the University of California San Francisco Medical Center walked off the job for 15 minutes March 19 to protest for higher pay.

The Committee of Interns and Residents represents more than 15,000 house staff, including residents, fellows and interns practicing at UCLA and UC San Francisco medical facilities.


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