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League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes and 1199SEIU Reach New Four-Year Collective Bargaining Agreement
Date:7/21/2014

New York, NY (PRWEB) July 21, 2014

The League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York (“League”) and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East (“1199SEIU”) today announced a new tentative four-year collective bargaining agreement that addresses critical issues facing healthcare providers and their employees.

Under the terms of the tentative agreement, which will require ratification by League and 1199SEIU members, employee wages will rise 13% over the next four years. In addition, all existing worker benefits, including healthcare coverage with no out of pocket expenses, will be preserved. In exchange, benefit contributions by League hospitals and homes to the National Benefit Fund will better align with the actual cost of employee benefits. The League and 1199SEIU also agreed on a set of organizing principles for workers at ambulatory care centers. The proposed agreement will run from October 1, 2014 through September 30, 2018.

Bruce McIver, President of the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes said, "This agreement demonstrates the strength of our commitment to work with 1199SEIU and tackle some of the most complex issues facing the healthcare industry today. In order to meet the challenges of an ever-changing landscape, each of us needs to make important compromises. We are pleased to have reached an agreement that preserves benefits and increases wages for our great workforce, while supporting the health and sustainability of New York's non-profit hospitals, health system and nursing homes."

“We want to thank the League and all the employers for engaging with us in a respectful, meaningful and productive dialogue,” said George Gresham, President of 1199SEIU. “Now we can all re-focus on our shared mission of providing the highest quality of care to our patients, and partnering to advocate for quality healthcare on the state and federal levels. In April, we lost our dear brother Ba
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