Service & Solidarity Spotlight: Medical School Residents at Western Michigan University Vote to Unionize

Working people across the United States have stepped up to help out our friends, neighbors and communities during these trying times. In our Service & Solidarity Spotlight series, we’ll showcase one of these stories every day. Here’s today’s story.

Residents at Western Michigan University’s Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine voted to unionize with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). Over 90% of residents voted for the union. The primary concerns the workers are seeking to address are safety conditions and compensation.

“We essentially sign a contract before we even know where we’re going just by entering the match system, saying we’re going to work at a place for 3 to 5 years. And we can’t leave our job once we get there if we’re not satisfied with the conditions or the pay. We don’t really have much of an ability to negotiate,” said resident physician in psychiatry Jamil Khondker.