Union OK's labor contract

December 14, 1997

Union OK's labor contract


Staff Writer

McCONNELLSBURG, Pa. - Union workers at Fulton County Medical Center approved their first labor contract since organizing there a year ago, officials said Friday.

The contract gives the employees pay increases, improvements in on-call pay, shift differential and tuition reimbursement, said Eileen Connelly, chief negotiator for District 1199P of the Service Employees International Union.

Hospital officials did not return calls seeking comment.

The union represents about 160 employees at the hospital, including licensed practical nurses, nursing assistants, clerks and workers in laundry, dietary, maintenance and housekeeping.


"This is a truly significant step for the Fulton County workers. We were able to reach a settlement with the hospital after many months of negotiations that is a fair first contract for the workers," she said.

The contract settles longstanding scheduling and hours of work issues, Connelly said.

It also protects employees from layoffs, she said.

Negotiations had broken down last month. One major stumbling block was about employee seniority.

The contract gives employees significant seniority rights, Connelly said.

Pay was another big issue.

On Tuesday, employees will get 2- to 12-percent pay raises.

On Dec. 1, 1998, they will get a 2-percent raise, she said.

Union members have been attempting to settle a first contract with the hospital since workers voted for union representation last December.

Formal negotiations began for the first contract in April and union and hospital representatives have met 15 times since then.

Across Pennsylvania, the union represents a total of 12,000 health care workers, including employees at Chambersburg Hospital.

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