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Health care workers at Brooks Memorial/TLC Hospital ratify contract that includes 10% wage increase

Posted at 11:40 AM, Mar 15, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-15 11:40:20-04

DUNKIRK, N.Y. (WKBW) — Health care workers at Brooks Memorial/TLC Hospital have ratified a contract that includes a 10% wage increase.

According to 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, the union representing the workers, the one-year agreement includes:

  • A wage re-opener
  • Increase in pension contributions
  • Step-increases for years of service that will help to retain long-term employees
  • 10% general wage increase for all job titles
  • One-time appreciation bonus ranging from $250 for per diem employees to $750 for full-time employees

"Both union and management wanted to address short staffing issues at the rural hospital in Dunkirk and the Gowanda Urgent Care Center. In order to decrease mandating job titles other than Registered Nurses (who are protected by the mandation law), both sides agreed to have additional discussions regarding providing incentives for union members to work extra shifts," a release says.

The union said the agreement impacts about 150 workers and runs through April 2023.

We worked hard to get this agreement done. We are a little closer to where we need to be in these tough times. We will continue to work hard in our future.
- Jeffrey St. George, Personal Care Assistant
We worked hard to get the best raises possible. With all of the problems with people leaving and being short staffed, all the loyal employees that have stayed are very happy with the results of the bargaining and our new contract. We are now more competitive and will be able to entice new employees to fill shortages.
- Kathyrn Manning, Registered Nurse at Gowanda Urgent Care Center