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Contract Negotiations Updates

After seven bargaining sessions, our team has reached a tentative agreement with Management. We are recommending a YES vote. We achieved a number of gains: • Wage increases for a total of 7.75% in addition to annual steps • The recommended agreement guarantees no changes in current levels and costs of health insurance • New vacation request process to help facilitate fairness and...

After six bargaining sessions the Dietary & Service Bargaining Team was met with anger and frustration from Management. We proposed contract provisions that protect us during this transition from Harrison to the Franciscan Health System. The same protections all Harrison Employees deserve. WE PROPOSE: • Protections for our Jobs • Protections for our Health Care • Protections for...

Our Bargaining Team met with Management’s hired representatives this past week for another round of contract negotiations. We continue to make progress on wages. However, Management’s representatives is still asking for changes that would undermine the fundamental job protections that our contracts provide. We believe its time for PCC’s Management to join us at the bargaining table so that...

Our Union Bargaining Team met with Management this past week to negotiate a new contract. We met for two sessions at which we presented preliminary proposals based on the input from your bargaining surveys. We have a long way to go before we arrive at a fair contract that we can recommend for ratification, but at this point the discussions have been productive and we’re optimistic about moving...

After months of waiting, Tomlinson’s Linen will have to pay workers for missed holiday pay and overtime. After Union members came forward about unfair pay during the holiday week, UFCW 21 filed four grievances for lost wages. The arbitrator listened to the case presented by both sides and decided in our favor. All eligible employees will receive backpay for the following dates: 4th of July 2013...

Management came to the table in the most disrespectful move yet giving us a last best and final offer that was not only incomplete with full articles missing, but also had no wage scales, and no protections for health insurance, seniority or health insurance. We are not proposing anything that is uncommon to other contracts in health care. At our own hospital Nurses and Dialysis Techs have had...

On April 9, we rallied with other Unions, community leaders, Professional Technical workers, Service and Dietary workers and RN’s. Our message was loud and clear. All Harrison workers are standing together in these negotiations and we are supported by the greater Kitsap community. We marched to Harrison’s HR building demanding a fair contract. Our crowd grew as we were joined by the Service and...

On the second day of bargaining, the employer has proposed to eliminate the basic fundamentals of a Union contract by proposing the following: Limiting the Stewards to 2 people Eliminating our current health care within one month of agreement and giving each employee $600/month (pro-rated and taxed as income) to spend as they wish Proposed vacation accrual increases only every 2080 hours which...

On Tuesday, April 1 our Bargaining Team met with Management to hear their response to our economic proposals. Management responded to our grocery contract economic proposals. We are still waiting for a response to our meat contract proposal. While we continue to review this initial response we think it falls short in a few key areas such as at the journey level wages. Additionally, there are...

At vote meetings from early morning until late in the evening on Thursday March 27, Harrison Pro Tech members of UFCW 21 voted in overwhelming numbers to reject the employer’s proposal. For weeks the employer has been saying that the union membership should vote. The results are now clear – most everyone dislikes the employer’s proposal and wants to see it change. We voted NO because... of the...

After two days of bargaining, we have reached a settlement with Management. Highlights to the Tentative Agreement include: Three year contract Wage increases each year of the contract Ratification bonus of up to $250.00 per person No increases in health care Maintained pension contributions New starting wage for new hires Improvement to Sick Leave process   CONTRACT RATIFICATION...

In three sessions, our Bargaining Team has achieved an agreement with the Employer for our next contract. We have bargained in good faith and have an agreement we can recommend to our members for ratification. Some highlights include: Yearly wage increases in addition to continued Step increases A new Step 21 Two new premiums – Multi modality and Student Coordinator No take-aways You may attend...

Our Union Bargaining Team met with Management and delivered our economic proposals including: •Wage increase •Low health care costs •Continued participation in our pension plan The Management team was not ready to respond but we do expect a complete response at our next bargaining session. “It’s important that we stick together so that the guys upstairs, management, know we’re serious.” —Jorge...

Recommended “NO” Vote on Employer Proposals The Union Bargaining Team went back to the bargaining table on Friday March 14 in hopes that Management was serious about settling a fair contract. Unfortunately, Management only focused on an increased bonus to some employees at Harrison, and did not make any other changes. “Now is the time to come together and vote NO on Management’s latest offer and...

On March 12 our Union Bargaining Team met with Management for our first contract negotiation session. Our team presented a comprehensive proposal, including: - Wage increases- Premium upgrades- Address deficiencies in our long term disability plan While Management was not ready to respond in detail, we do expect a response at our next session on April 8. “I thought it was a good meeting. We were...

We began bargaining with Management on March 4 for our new contract. We presented several proposals but not our economics as yet. Management had some proposals for us that were mostly clean up items, similar to what we saw in the Home Health Bargain. We also had the CFO and the COO come to talk with us about the state of the hospital’s long range strategic growth and the current operating budget...

On February 10, Union members voted to reject a contract proposal offered by Management. Expressing concern that the wage proposal was not adequate, your Union Bargaining Team will resume negotiations with Management next month. At our membership meeting on February 19, Union members outlined the priorities for a final contract that can be ratified: Improving the wage offer while holding...

On February 27, 75% voted to ratify the Bargaining Team’s recommended agreement. Our next steps included finalization, signature and printing of the new contract, commencement of the Labor Management Committee (LMC) to keep collegial problem solving moving and an assessment on reasons why members voted against the contract. We are continuing to process grievances and mobilize around those who...

Bargaining began for the Dietary & Service group at Harrison Medical Center last week. After thorough review of the surveys filled out by the membership, the Union Bargaining Team went to the table with proposals to help address the key issues that the overall membership brought forward. After two days of bargaining it was agreed that we would sign a contract extension. We will be back at the...

Our Bargaining Team met with Management on Thursday, February 27 for our second all day bargaining session. The Union gave the majority of our economic proposal – wage increases for all to bring us up to wages in the comparable market. Intern wages were found to be significantly below market.  We achieved tentative agreements on some non-economic language issues, our largest issues still...



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