June 24, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
Buffalo, NY – After what was described as “three months of cordial, good-faith negotiations,” a tentative and new three-year Master Contract Agreement that was reached early Saturday (June 18th) between three Labor Unions that combine to represent 7,500 Kaleida Health Employees in Downtown Buffalo’s growing medical corridor is being described as an “historic” local health care Labor agreement, Communications Workers of America (CWA) District 1 Area Director Deb Hayes told WNYLaborToday.com.
CWA Local 1168 (which represents 4,000 of the total 7,500 Union Members), 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Workers East and International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 17 represent those impacted Kaleida Health Workers.
The tentative agreement was brought about after 17 weeks of negotiations, the Labor Leaders said. Labor and management began bargaining in early March and through nearly 24 negotiating sessions reached tentative agreement on more than 100 articles, Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) and letters – including all economic and non-economic issues in the contract, according to a distributed news release. The current contract impacting the 7,500 Kaleida Health Workers came to an end on May 31st.
The tentative and new Master Contract calls for wage increases and hiring additional front-line staff, while at the same time – making changes to work rules to better serve the patients across the hospitals and services at Kaleida Health, the Unions and Kaleida Management said in a released statement.
Because the agreement must be ratified Union Membership in the coming weeks, full and additional details of the contract were not immediately released.
Ratification voting is expected to occur in the next few weeks, Union Officials said. To read more click on the following link