The employer requests a mediator from the Michigan Employment Resolution Commission (MERC).
It is often said, “we are all in this together.” As house officers, we wish this was the case, but it is not. For weeks we have staffed all of the ICU's treating COVID-19 patients. As usual, we will do whatever is needed for the wellbeing of our patients, adding cases as requested and working nights and weekends for the foreseeable future. This is work that generates revenue to offset the projected losses to Michigan Medicine.
When Michigan Medicine was facing horrible projections for treating COVID-19 patients we understood the financial implications and how that would impact contract negotiations. We held firm and did not accept the employer's offer. Thankfully, the projections, while understandable, were not accurate, and yet, there has been no movement in the administrations across the board 2.37% proposal to the HOA.
Residents report for duty with guaranteed funding from the state and federal government. No other employee group can make this claim. As a reference, for the past 3 fiscal years, just under $900 million dollars were provided to Michigan Medicine for direct and indirect GME funding. Your current contract has a value of $330 million dollars.
There is a very real possibility that our current contract expires, with no successor agreement in place. The administration has notified the Michigan Employment Relations Commission (MERC) and requested a mediator. Yet, the administration is under no obligation to agree to the recommendation of this mediator. We are scheduled for mediation on Monday, May 1st.