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1199 SEIU-Represented Caregivers At Mount St. Mary’s Hospital In Niagara County ‘Overwhelmingly’ Ratify A New Four-Year Contract

Published Tuesday, September 6, 2022
by 1199 SEIU News
1199 SEIU-Represented Caregivers At Mount St. Mary’s Hospital In Niagara County ‘Overwhelmingly’ Ratify A New Four-Year Contract

(LEWISTON, NEW YORK) - Three separate Bargaining Units represented by 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) United Healthcare Workers East have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new four-year agreement with Mount St. Mary’s Hospital in Lewiston, Union Officials announced.

The more than 350 Union-represented Health Care Workers at the hospital are covered by the new contract, which includes Nurses, Service and Maintenance Workers, Technical Workers and other Professional Staff.

Mount St. Mary’s Hospital and 1199 SEIU began negotiations early January.

The new four-year contract will be in effect through March 31st, 2026.

The new agreement provides market-competitive wages and benefits, a robust staffing proposal, and also includes sign-on and retention incentives to help draw more key Staff to the hospital - addressing concerns brought on by the pandemic and nationwide staffing shortages.

In addition to improved wages and benefits, bonus pay is included in the contract, giving Workers the opportunity to earn other salary incentives - in addition to their regular hourly and overtime rate.

The contract also includes sign-on and retention bonuses for Graduate Nurses and experienced Registered Nurses, and an enhanced Registered Nurse referral bonus for Mount St. Mary’s Workers who refer Nurses to the hospital - helping to improve staffing at the bedside.

Mount St. Mary’s Hospital President C.J. Urlaub said: “This negotiation process was one of the most collaborative I’ve experienced and we are thankful to our colleagues at 1199 SEIU for working together with us to create a contract that recognizes and rewards our current Associates while being attractive for prospective Staff.”

Respiratory Therapist Renee Gueli said: “It’s been a long haul, but we are glad to come together and negotiate an agreement that was in the best interest of all Workers at our facility.  We maintained our health insurance.  We negotiated a twenty-year retention bonus on top of our general wage increases and we secured upgrades to retain existing Workers.  We are very proud that our Service Workers are now earning a comparable wage to other facilities in our area and that helps to retain Workers, but those wages will also help to bring new Workers into the hospital to help with shortages.”

Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, which is part of the Catholic Health System, offers a variety of specialty services on its main campus, located just north of Niagara Falls.   

In addition to medical, surgical, emergency and intensive care services, additional services include: The Center for Women - which features obstetrics and gynecology services; A Cardiac Center; A Wound Healing & Hyperbaric Medicine Center; A number of primary and specialty care practices; and Clearview Treatment Services, which offers in-patient substance use treatment.

The hospital’s offsite services, located throughout Niagara County, include the Neighborhood Health Center in Niagara Falls, the Lockport Health Center, the Center for Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, the Imaging & Lab Center, an Ear, Nose & Throat Clinic and other specialty services.

A new neighborhood hospital and campus of Mount St. Mary’s, named Lockport Memorial Hospital, is slated to open in 2023.

1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East – whose mission is to achieve quality care and good jobs for all, is the largest and fastest-growing Health Care Union in America.

1199 SEIU represents more than 400,000 Nurses and Caregivers throughout the States of Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland and Florida, and in Washington, D.C.

To Directly Access This Labor News Report, Go To: www.1199seiu.org/media-center/1199seiu-members-mount-st-marys-hospital-overwhelmingly-vote-ratify-new-four-year-contract

 

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