Members of 1199 SEIU ratified a new three-year contract with CVPH Medical Center that both parties believe will help them move forward successfully in the future, according to a press release issued by the hospital Oct. 4. The contract runs through April 30, 2014.
The contract includes a 1.5 percent across the board increase retroactive to May 1, 2011, 2 percent increases in May 2012 and 2013 and a 2 percent bonus based on gross wages for the first 40 weeks — 20 pay periods — of 2011, payable in December 2011.
The new contract extends employer paid health insurance for all full-time members and their families as well as addressing pension benefits.
“We believe that this contract addresses the needs and concerns of our members regarding wages, health and pension fairly,” 1199 SEIU Organizer Dylan Smith said in a statement. “It will enable us to continue to provide quality care to our patients and residents at CVPH.”
CVPH president and chief executive officer Stephens M. Mundy was complimentary of the process and outcome.
“The negotiations that began in March were respectful and further solidified the partnership that exists between 1199 SEIU and CVPH,” stated Mundy. “There was good, thoughtful dialogue and discussion and both parties furthered their understanding of our mutual needs.”
SEIU 1199 represents approximately 1,200 employees at CVPH or about 53 percent of the total workforce.