1199 SEIU & The Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center ‘Collaboratively Approve’ A New Three-Year Agreement That Covers More Than 680 Unionized Health Care Workers, Roughly 70% Of The Western New York Medical Center’s Workforce
(NIAGARA FALLS, NEW YORK) - 1199 Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Workers East and the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (NFMMC) have once again collaboratively approved a three-year agreement that covers more than 680 Unionized Health Care Workers, roughly 70% of the Medical Center’s workforce.
The new agreement includes highly competitive wage increases and benefits, including sign-on bonuses ranging from $13,500 for graduate and $25,000 for experienced Nurses, and a one-time 2% longevity increase for contract covered Employees with 20 plus years of service. Under the contract, Registered Nurses will receive a significant wage increase in year one, followed by a 3% per year increase for years two and three. All other Bargaining Units will receive a 4.25% rate increase for year one, followed by 4% per year for the next two years. In addition, Nurses will now receive a starting rate reflective of their years of experience, and a generous pension increase is included in the new agreement.
Other Bargaining Units included in the agreement are Service and Maintenance, Health Home, Professional, Technical and Licensed Practical Nurses.
“We’re glad to come together and negotiate an agreement that is truly in the best interest of all Workers. With new wages, benefits, and sign-on bonuses, NFMMC is a competitive employer who values their Employees, thus enabling us to continue delivering high-quality care during a challenging time,” said Tracy Aniolowski, a 22-year Senior Respiratory Therapist at NFMMC.
Reached as a result of bargaining by Employee and Management Negotiating Committees, the contract takes effect immediately and will expire on May 31st, 2025.
NFMMC had been engaged in negotiations with 1199 SEIU since June and was proud to reach an agreement that truly reflects the value NFMMC places on its Employees.
Negotiations were described as professional and respectful and reflected a strong, healthy and progressive relationship.
Both sides were able to successfully negotiate the new contract within six sessions, coming to agreement on a contract that is also described as fair to both Employee and employer.
“We care deeply for our Employees, especially after all they went through to provide the highest level of care for our patients during the (Coronavirus) Pandemic, many putting themselves, and their families in harm’s way, while showing up for work each and every day to care for others,” NFMMC President & CEO Joseph Ruffolo said. “This agreement is an opportunity for Memorial to show the respect, the admiration and the appreciation we have for our Employees, and for the continued partnership we proudly hold with 1199 SEIU.”
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