August 7, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
Buffalo, NY – BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York (BCBSWNY), the only Buffalo-based health insurer with a local Union-represented workforce, has reached a tentative two-year agreement on a contract extension with Office and Professional Employees International Union (OPEIU) Local 153, Union Representative Robert McLennan and President and CEO David Anderson announced today (Monday, August 1st).
The 440 Members of the OPEIU Bargaining Unit will vote this Saturday (August 6th) on the tentative agreement that was reached by members of the Union’s leadership and company management to extend the current contract through April 25th, 2019 – and to do so without protracted bargaining, both parties announced.
BlueCross BlueShield reached a new three-year collective bargaining agreement on April 27th, 2014 with its Employees who are represented by Local 153.
Labor relations at the region’s leading health plan are said to be at a new high point, with trust, respect and mutually aligned goals reflected in the decision to proceed with a contract extension over eight months prior to the expiration of the present Collective Bargaining Agreement, Union and management representatives said in a distributed press release.
The announcement comes almost three years to the day of Anderson’s arrival at Blue Cross BlueShield of Western New York and his pledge to focus on Employee engagement and leveraging Labor Relations to grow the regional health plan’s business relationships.
When ratified, the contract extension will provide Labor and management with the ability to focus on company goals and prepare for the open enrollment period at year-end, Union and company officials said. To read more click on the following link