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Kaleida Health, Unions Agree to New Contract

Updated: 6/20/2016
After three months of cordial, good-faith negotiations, Kaleida Health has reached a tentative agreement with the Communications Workers of America/AFL-CIO (CWA1168), International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE 17) and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East on a new three-year master bargaining agreement, which covers 7,500 unionized employees.

The groups began bargaining in early March and through nearly two dozen negotiating sessions, reached tentative agreement on over 100 articles, MOUs, and letters including all economic and non-economic issues in the contract.

The contract calls for wage increases and hiring additional frontline staff while making changes to work rules to better serve the patients across the hospitals and services at Kaleida Health.

“Our workforce has played a significant and tangible role in the transformation of Kaleida Health over the past two years,” said Jody Lomeo, president and CEO of Kaleida Health. “This new contract recognizes their hard work and commitment. I am confident that our nursing staff, healthcare workers and administrative staff will continue to help us grow while serving our community in the years ahead.”

Because the agreement must be ratified by the union membership in the coming weeks, full details of the contract were not released. Ratification voting is expected to occur in the next few weeks.

“We are pleased to announce that we have reached a new tentative agreement with Kaleida Health, Jim Scordato, vice president of 1199SEIU, Western New York ‎Hospital Division. “The parties worked long and hard for many months to craft an agreement that will continue to provide the best wages and benefits of any health contract in Western New York.”

“We did this by working with Kaleida Health on a plan that will address both the patients and the staff that are at the bedside,” said Cori Gambini, president of CWA1168. “I believe this will help Kaleida Health continue to be the employer of choice for healthcare workers and the best choice for the community to seek medical care.”

“After 17 weeks of negotiations culminating in an historic agreement, this further illustrates what management and labor can achieve when they work together toward a common goal,” said Marty Burchalewski, business agent for the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE 17).