St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Residents Ring in 2014 with New contract

On December 27, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt residents overwhelming voted yes to ratify the new contract.

A More Secure Future

Negotiations took place in the midst of a merger, with Mt. Sinai acquiring Beth Israel, St. Luke’s-Roosevelt and New York Eye and Ear. The merger has created an air of uncertainty among housestaff.

“Residents were very concerned about how this would affect our day-to-day life and, yes, our salaries and benefits,” said Dr. Craig Forleiter, General Surgery, PGY3.   “It was very reassuring that the St. Luke’s and Roosevelt administration met with us amicably, bargained with us fairly. We’re very proud of the contract that we came away with.”

“As CIR leaders we are committed to improving our work and living conditions, but not only for us – we’re committed to improving those conditions for residents that come behind us,” said Dr. Candrice Heath, Dermatology, PGY2.

“My personal motto is to leave a place better than I found it.  And through CIR we’ve done just that. Our new contract contains salary bonuses, salary increases, enhanced educational allowances.  Also, transparency regarding rental housing rates and, importantly, a seat at the table when the hospital is discussing quality improvement and patient safety.”

Residents said the strong CIR leadership at the hospital and the large turnout by housestaff at bargaining sessions led to an amicable agreement.

“I’d have to say that the negotiations went very well, very smoothly,” said Dr. Evan Fowle, Pathology, PGY2.  “With the CIR backing and the residents’ voice being heard, it really seemed like the St. Luke’s-Roosevelt administration took notice, really paid attention to what was important to us, took that into account and helped speed along the contract negotiations.”

Contract Highlights:

The collective bargaining agreement guarantees salary increases, secures health benefits, doubles their educational allowance and lays the groundwork for QI collaboration.


  • $600 bonus on May 1, 2014
  • $600 bonus on Oct 1, 2014
  • $1,160 bonus on Oct 1, 2015
  • 1.5% salary increase on July 1, 2016

BENEFITS: The contract maintains current health and other benefits with no premiums for residents.

MEDICAL EDUCATION: Annual textbook allowance is now a broader educational allowance that covers items such as books, journals and electronic equivalents, board review courses, educational conferences, medical equipment, exam fees, electronic medical devices, and tablets.  It will more than double to $450 per resident per year on January 1, 2015.

HOUSING: The hospital agreed to provide CIR members with the rental rates for apartments scheduled to be vacated at the end of the academic year to provide more transparency and accountability on the rents in apartments that are turning over.

QUALITY IMPROVEMENT COLLABORATION: T Chief Medical Officer agreed to meet with CIR members regularly regarding the hospital’s quality improvement and patient safety initiatives.

Posted by Erin Malone on January 7, 2014
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