Nakita Mortimer Obituary, Death Cause – Residents and fellows at Montefiore Medical Center, which is located in Norwood and is one of the main teaching hospitals in New York City, made their request for voluntary union registration on November 1 during a news conference that took place outside of the institution. The group referred to situations that, according to them, were made worse during the pandemic and that, according to them, continue to endure now.
Over 1,200 residents and fellows have submitted a petition demanding improved benefits, including enhanced family leave, better remuneration, and higher wages. Many report that they have been overworked despite there being insufficient staff. The residents demanded yearly bonuses in addition to an increase in the number of support employees. Some residents have stated that they work 80 hours per week without receiving any overtime pay, and they have pointed to the high number of suicide rates in the medical field as evidence that something needs to change.
At the press conference, Dr. Noa Nessim, a family medicine resident who is currently in her third year of training, stated that “Montefiore can do better by their resident and fellow physicians.” The past few years have shed light on how fragile the health care system in the United States is, and the formation of a union is our method of strengthening it. The local elected leaders in the Bronx, such as State Senator Gustavo Rivera (S.D. 33), chair of the health committee and member of the mental health committee in Albany, and Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz (A.D. 81), who also serves on the health committee, provided the community members with assistance.
Together with the Committee of Interns and Residents (CIR), a branch of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), which represents more than 22,000 resident physicians and fellows across the country, a news conference was organized and held. Following the announcement that managers intend to merge three of its health centers in the Bronx, employees have asked to become unionized.