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More Chicago Residents Unionize

In a landslide vote, more than 1,000 University of Chicago Medicine residents and fellows vote to unionize - by Bruce Japsen

More than 1,000 resident physicians and fellows at University of Chicago Medicine have voted in favor of union representation. 

More than 98% of the residents and fellows voting cast ballots in favor of representation this spring, fueling what has become a local and national movement toward physician unionization. The University of Chicago Medicine residents and fellows are the latest to join the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR/SEIU), which is the largest house staff union in the United States and a local of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the nation’s largest union of healthcare workers.

The University of Chicago vote follows the formation of two other house staff unions in Chicago in the last four years and the second in less than a year here.

In early December, about 1,300 resident physicians and fellows at Northwestern Medicine announced they had formed a union with CIR/ SEIU Committee of Interns and Residents, an affiliate of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU). And in 2021, CIR/SEIU formed its first chapter in the Midwest at the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2021. A total of 842 interns, residents, and fellows became certified union members under the Illinois Educational Labor Relations Board. The UIC physicians reached their first contract with the hospital in February 2023.

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