CHAMBERSBURG, PA. - Union workers Wednesday overwhelmingly approved a new four-year contract with Chambersburg Hospital, according to union representatives.
The vote was 511-89, with about half of the 1,200 union hospital workers voting in favor of the package, according to Teresa Fox, a physical therapy assistant and local president for District 1199P of the Service Employees International Union.
Employees will receive 4 percent pay increases during the first year of the contract, followed by 3 percent raises during each of the following three years, Fox said. Registered nurses will get 4.5 percent raises in the first year "to help with retention," Fox said.
The nurses, housekeepers, laundry, dietary and other rank-and-file members covered by the contract will be paying more for medical insurance. Full- and part-time workers with five years of experience will still have their health insurance paid for by the hospital, but the cost of family coverage will increase considerably, according to Joyce McGhee, a registered nurse and a member of the union's executive board.