Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Township has new labor deal
Monongahela Valley Hospital in Carroll Township has a new labor deal with the union that represents nearly 600 employees.
In voting sessions held Thursday at the Donora Fire Hall, hospital employees represented by United Steelworkers Local 8041 voted to approve a three-year pact that begins July 1.
The union represents nearly half the hospital's 1,200 employees.
The local covers technical staff, nursing assistants, unit clerks, laundry, nutrition and food service, housekeeping and maintenance personnel.
Nurses at the hospital do not belong to the union.
Rich McGinn, acting president of Local 8041, said the contract includes hourly wage increases, pension increases and health care improvements for its approximately 550 members.
McGinn declined to release any numbers, saying it is the union's policy to keep such specifics “in-house”. He added that union members were “overwhelmingly in support” of the deal.
Hospital director of communications Corrinne Laboon said union members approved the pact by a nearly 3-to-1 margin. The contract runs through June 30, 2017.
Louis Goodman, hospital vice president of human resources and lead negotiator, said wages and health care provisions were the two major issues for both sides during talks.
Goodman said a tentative agreement had been reached Monday evening and that union leaders recommended approval of the contract to the rank-and-file Wednesday.
“Union leadership respected the hospital's professionalism throughout the talks, and we are grateful that we could reach a mutually beneficial agreement,” Goodman said in written statement.
Louis J. Panza Jr., hospital president and CEO, said he was pleased both sides reached a deal before the previous three-year contract expires on Monday.
He commended union leadership with ensuring that patients will continue to receive “the highest quality of care” without any interruption of service.
“We deeply appreciate the extensive efforts of both negotiating teams, whose members worked diligently over the past few weeks to reach a mutually acceptable agreement,” Panza said in a written statement.
“Unquestionably, Monongahela Valley Hospital's greatest asset is its people – the dedicated, hard-working employees, physicians and volunteers who provide quality, state-of-the-art care and service to our patients and visitors each day.”
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