The intent of status quo is to preserve our current benefits and conditions as a floor (not a ceiling) and prevent unilateral changes made without the consent of the housestaff, but… Read More »My PD told us we can’t make any changes because of ‘status quo’…
Well, this has been hard to write. As three of the housestaff organizers (Grant, Jessie, and Lawrence), we also served as your GME Council housestaff representatives for the past year.… Read More »Can’t we just go through the normal GME channels?
One of the big disadvantages we have is that sending union-related information to or from Stanford housestaff emails is forbidden – meaning we cannot ‘reply all’ to Larry Katznelson’s email,… Read More »Why aren’t you replying to those emails to correct the misinformation?
No! Stanford administration is claiming that “this direct relationship between our physician trainees and their clinical departments will change should our residents and fellows unionize because that relationship will then… Read More »Will a union come between me and my department?
No! While our union will have greater negotiating power and be more effective with strong unified membership, no one is required to join the union. If you do not want… Read More »Can I be fired for not joining a union?
No – this is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ situation, but rather ‘no specialty left behind’. CIR contracts regularly ensure that all housestaff receive the same base level of benefits regardless of… Read More »Will a union prevent my program from giving additional benefits?
First, the union card and vote are confidential! You do not have to be a vocal member to support unionization. Additionally, it is illegal (per the National Labor Relations Board)… Read More »Can I face retaliation for supporting a union?