The increase is retroactive to November 2022; the agreement also includes a $2,000 ratification bonus, an enforceable agreement to negotiate on hazard pay, a meal allowance that is on par with Mount Sinai Hospital residents, and the creation of a transportation committee, according to a union release. The contract will expire on June 30, 2025.
“Mount Sinai will now have to think twice about leaving Elmhurst behind and perpetuating these disparities for union doctors in the future,” Dr. Sarah Hafuth, an Elmhurst resident, said. “I also know that we are part of a larger ongoing fight for justice in our lives and in health care—and we plan on continuing that fight.”
The residents first voted to authorize the strike at the beginning of this month and the strike is the city’s first among doctors since 1990. While documents from Mount Sinai say that management met with residents 14 times over the last 10 months for bargaining leading up to the strike, CIR claimed Mount Sinai bargained in bad faith.
Today, the residents said the hospital bargained in good faith to achieve the tentative agreement.
Mount Sinai representative Lucia Lee said that the Icahn School of Medicine reached the agreement with the support of the New York City Health + Hospitals Corporation.
While the H+H/Elmhurst residents were on strike, residents working at Mount Sinai Morningside/West, also employed by the school, announced they voted to authorize a strike, but a date has not yet been announced.
This story first appeared in Crain’s New York Business.