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1199 SEIU & SEIU Local 200United Unionized Service Workers Reach Tentative, Two-Year Contract Agreement With Strong Memorial Hospital & The University Of Rochester

Published Monday, November 1, 2021
by SEIU News
1199 SEIU & SEIU Local 200United Unionized Service Workers Reach Tentative, Two-Year Contract Agreement With Strong Memorial Hospital & The University Of Rochester

(ROCHESTER, NEW YORK) - One week following the expiration of their three-year contract, 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and SEIU Local 200United have reached a tentative, two-year contract agreement covering 1,800 Service Workers employed at Strong Memorial Hospital and at the University of Rochester. 

Union Members are currently reviewing before they vote on Friday (November 5th).

Details of the agreement are not being made public until the SEIU-represented Employees are given a chance to review and vote, Union Officials said. 

The agreement makes Front Line Caregivers feel appreciated

“Walking into work, I was always worried that I would catch COVID, but I went to work every single day during the pandemic,” says Sue Heffer, a Patient Care Technician at Strong Memorial Hospital.  “It was very unnerving.  We weren’t sure what would happen to us if we got sick.  My work ethic didn’t change because of COVID, I still wanted to provide the best care to my patients.  I feel that the agreement shows management the commitment workers have provided delivering quality patient care for the last eighteen months.”

“It was a long process, but I think this is the best contract we have seen,” says Marlon Melton, a Cook at the University of Rochester Campus. “This is a heartfelt agreement and I think our Members will be very happy.”

Workers represented by SEIU Local 200United at the University of Rochester Campus include Building Services, Dining Services, Porters, Cooks, Stack Attendants - Library, Catering Service Assistants, Bus Drivers, Truck Drivers, and Stock Keepers.  

Workers represented by 1199SEIU at Strong Memorial Hospital include Environmental Service Workers, Nursing Assistants, Cooks, Food Service Workers, Dietary Workers, Dental Assistants, Drivers, Patient Care Technicians, Materials Processing Specialists, Patient Unity Secretaries, Porters, Stock Keepers, Transport Assistants, Transportation Center Workers, Truck Drivers and Unit Support Assistants.

1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East - the largest and fastest-growing Health Care Union in America whose mission is to achieve quality care and good jobs for all, represents more than 400,000 Nurses and Caregivers throughout the states of Florida, Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and in Washington, D.C.

SEIU Local 200United represents two million Members in New York, Vermont and Pennsylvania in the Public and Private Sector.

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