VNA Reaches Contract Agreement with CWA1122

Updated: 3/31/2014

After two months of good-faith negotiations, the Visiting Nursing Association of Western New York (VNA) reached a tentative agreement with the Communications Workers of America/AFL-CIO (CWA1122) on a new three-year contract, which covers nearly 600 unionized employees.

“The new agreement is fair for our employees, with a continued commitment to providing competitive wages, benefits and employment conditions,” said Judy Baumgartner, president of the VNA. “Just as important, it will also help the VNA respond to the changing healthcare landscape and address matters related to our expanding footprint. With a tentative agreement in place, we can now move forward and focus on our primary mission of providing excellent health care in the homes of our patients across the nine counties of Western New York.”

The contract ratification date will be announced in the comings days.

The VNA is the largest home health agency in Western New York, serving more than 24,000 patients annually with more than 425,000 home visits. The agency is ranked among the top home health care agencies in the nation, according to data from Press Ganey and CMS.

Founded in 1885, the VNA of Western New York was the first visiting nursing organization in America. Since then, they have become one of the oldest charities in the nation and remain the largest home health agency in the Western New York region. Key facts and figures about the VNA of Western New York:

• 98% Patient Satisfaction
• Average Daily Census (all services) – 6,500 patients; Annual Home Visits – 425,000
• Community immunization program providing 25,000 shots/season
• 98% Referral Source Satisfaction

The VNA offers a full range of services including pediatric and adult skilled nursing and therapies, chronic disease management, home infusion therapy, mental health care, obstetrical services, telehealth, personal care, as well as personal response systems.

The VNA, a Kaleida Health affiliate, currently provides services to residents in nine Western New York counties including Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus, Allegany, Wyoming and Steuben. The VNA will begin servicing Livingston County later this year.