Kaleida, unions reach tentative agreement

Posted at 11:21 PM, Jun 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-20 14:37:01-04

Kaleida Health has reach a tentative master bargaining agreement with three unions covering 7,500 employees.

The three-year agreement was negotiated between Kaleida Health and union representatives from the Communication Workers of America/AFL-CIO (CWA1168), International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE 17) and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East. Negotiations began in early March, with representatives from all sides meeting almost two dozens times.

Full details of the contract have not been released because the agreement has not yet been ratified by union membership, but negotiators expect the contract to be ratified in the next few weeks. However, Kaleida Health was able to announce the contract "calls for wage increases and hiring additional frontline staff while making changes to work rules to better serve the patients across the hospitals and services at Kaleida Health."