Brooklyn Trainees Demand Higher Wages

May 22, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified May 26, 2020

In this recent article by Medpage Today, residents at Brooklyn Methodist Hospital want better wages and improved childcare benefits. Both of these requests were proposed during contract negotiations with hospital administration, but have not progressed since their previous contract expired in October.

Residents at the hospital, who joined the NewYork-Presbyterian system in 2017, have an average PGY-1 salary of about $65,000, versus an average of $73,500 for first-year residents at other NewYork-Presbyterian hospitals, including Cornell and Columbia.

Many of the residents have been working on the front lines and are frustrated by the delay in negotiations. “We take care of Brooklyn patients and don’t understand why the doctors in Manhattan at the same PGY level and with the same degree of training receive higher wages than we do,” a resident at Brooklyn Methodist Hospital who wished to remain anonymous said. The hospital administration and union are scheduled to meet on May 28, but no other negotiations have been planned. Reaching an agreement may take several meetings over several weeks, and residents hope it can be resolved before those finishing their residencies leave in June.

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