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LABOR In the Largest Victory of Its Kind in Philadelphia in Over 50 Years, Penn Doctors Overwhelmingly Vote To Unionize

Portside, Committee of Interns and Residents, May 10, 2023

After a months-long organizing campaign, the resident and fellow physicians at the University of Pennsylvania voted to unionize. The doctors’ victory marks a significant moment for the labor movement in Philadelphia, as it is the largest successful union election in over 53 years.

 After a months-long organizing campaign, the resident and fellow physicians at the University of Pennsylvania overwhelmingly voted to unionize with the Committee of Interns and Residents. With 88% of participants voting in favor, the frontline Penn Medicine doctors are the first statewide to gain union representation. 

Working at one of the region’s largest healthcare providers, Penn’s frontline physicians look forward to advocating for the conditions they need to provide top-quality care without compromising their mental, physical, or financial wellbeing. Despite working at one of the wealthiest university systems in the country, residents often struggle to make ends meet.

“At the end of the day, the prestige of working at a nationally ranked hospital like Penn isn’t enough to ensure our patients receive top quality care, to meet our basic needs or to address the deeper inequities of our healthcare system,” said Dr. Madison Sharp, a third-year Ob/Gyn resident. “Winning representation is a huge step toward addressing these issues and raising care standards for all of us.”

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