Gowanda Rehabilitation Nursing Center Workers Ratify New Labor Agreement

August 16, 2011 Updated Aug 16, 2011 at 4:20 PM EDT

By WKBW News

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Gowanda Rehabilitation Nursing Center Workers Ratify New Labor Agreement

August 16, 2011 Updated Aug 16, 2011 at 4:20 PM EDT

Gowanda, N.Y. (WKBW release) -- Workers at Gowanda Rehabilitation Nursing Center on Monday ratified a new three-year labor contract.

The new contract preserves the affordability of health insurance for the workers, one of the major reason workers held a 24-hour work stoppage on August 1.

The agreement also includes a 7% wage increase by June 2013, increased employer made pension contributions, ensured no workers lost previously acquired paid time off, preserved shift deferential for night workers and preserved longevity bonuses.

“It was very important to the workers to maintain access to health coverage for their families,” says Jim Crampton, Administrative Organizer for 1199 SEIU. “This is a fair agreement to the workers and helps to maintain quality healthcare for the Gowanda community.”

The 125 workers at GRNC work as Certified Nurse’s Assistants, Housekeeping, Dietary Workers, Activity Leaders, and Laundry Department Workers.