CWA/1199 SEIU Agree To A Second Contract Extension With Buffalo’s Kaleida Heath - However, Union Reps Say In Social Media Posting That The Agreed-To Extension ‘Does Not Limit Ability Their Mobilize For Job Actions’
(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) - Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1168 and 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Workers East, two Unions that are negotiating a new contract covering a combined 8,000 Employees of the Kaleida Health System in Buffalo, have agreed to a second contract extension.
However, Union Representatives said in a Social Media posting that the extension does not limit their ability to mobilize for job actions.
Since Kaleida is working with CWA and 1199SEIU at the bargaining table continuing to make progress, the contract has been extended until July 31st, the Unions said in a posting that appeared on Facebook on Friday (July 1st).
The posting went on to say, in part:
Extensions maintain all protections in our Collective Bargaining Agreement.
If the contract expires without an extension in place, the biggest change is that we lose the right to arbitrate any grievances filed between the expiration date and the date a new agreement is ratified.
Our contract does not permit a Strike while it is in effect and extensions have the same effect.
While the contract is in effect, we are still allowed to mobilize, hold an informational picket, take a Strike Vote, and even send a 10-day notice, so that if talks fail, we are prepared.
If bargaining becomes unproductive, we will let the extension expire.
As we discuss economic matters including staffing and wage increase proposals, our progress has slowed but definitely not stopped.
CWA and 1199SEIU are taking time every day to compare our pay scales with (other area Unionized Health Care Facilities) for similar job titles, to make sure we remain the best paid workforce in the area and establish appropriate wage progressions.
If it’s a race to stay ahead - what’s more, we have heard our long-time Members loud and clear that there should be a step after 20 years, and are discussing how to factor it into the scale.
Kaleida continues to listen to us at the table, and they’re not shooting down our proposals or tweaking language, but instead taking them back to review and returning with questions.
We on the Bargaining Committee feel that it’s incredibly important to stand firm on proposals that will keep our wages the highest in the area for the work we do, which will attract and retain Members - and this in turn will keep Kaleida afloat as a Health Care System for our patients, and give us the resources to provide the care those patients deserve.
WNYLaborToday.com Editor’s Note: For Background On This Labor News Story, Read WNYLaborToday.com’s March 20th News Story, Headlined: ‘Only Time Will Tell If’ Last Year’s South Buffalo Mercy Hospital Strike For Better Staffing & Wages ‘Will Be Remembered’ By The Kaleida Health System As The CWA & 1199 SEIU ‘Kick Off’ Contract Talks For Its Area Hospitals & Nursing Home At: www.wnylabortoday.com/news/2022/03/20/buffalo-and-western-new-york-labor-news/only-time-will-tell-if-last-year-s-south-buffalo-mercy-hospital-strike-for-better-staffing-wages-will-be-remembered-by-the-kaleida-health-system-as-the-cwa-1199-seiu-kick-off-contract-talks-for-its-area-hospitals-nursing-home/