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Providence St. Joseph Medical Center, Caregivers Reach Agreement on a Union Contract

Friday, August 31, 2007 General News J E 4
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BURBANK, Calif., Aug. 30 Caregivers at Providence St.Joseph Medical Center, who are members of SEIU United Healthcare Workers -West (UHW) and SEIU 121RN, reached a tentative agreement for a contract withProvidence St. Joseph Medical Center. The contract, which expires Sept. 30,2011, grants workers their first ever wage scale system. The contract is setto be ratified by a vote of union members at the hospital Wednesday Sept. 5.

The agreement, which comes after a planned strike was narrowly averted onJune 13, provides for a ban on subcontracting at the hospital; wage increasesto help recruit and retain qualified caregivers; and the employer-fundededucation and training program to provide training opportunities for unionmembers at the hospital, and other non-economic improvements. All of these arethe basis of providing the best possible care for patients.

"I feel good about the settlement. It was a beautiful ending for a processthat involved a lot of hard work from a lot of dedicated people," says RandyArruda, a surgical equipment technician at the hospital. "Getting theadministration to renounce their right to subcontract work currently done byemployees is satisfying. We believe we saved a lot of jobs for people who mayhave eventually found themselves out of work."

"This settlement opens the door to a more productive working relationshipbetween Providence St. Joseph Medical Center management and its most valuableasset, the workers who care for patients," says John Borsos, chief negotiatorand Vice President of UHW.

"I believe that now, thanks to the improved wages and the education andtraining opportunities we've agreed upon, we have a chance of retaining allthe quality employees we have at Providence," says Cindy Triola, a registerednurse at the hospital. "But beyond that, the improvements will help recruitnew talent to the hospital and allow us to become the best medical center inthe Valley."

The 145,000-member SEIU United Healthcare Workers - West is the largesthospital and healthcare union in the western United States and representsevery type of healthcare worker, including nurses, professional, technical andservice workers. Our mission is to achieve quality healthcare for all.

Contact: Tadzio Garcia213-300-8974

SOURCE SEIU United Healthcare Workers - West
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