The union wrapped up negotiations on a new contract with St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
The bargaining committee, which was made up of Donald Dotson, Ruby Parsons, Johnnie Murphy, and Vetta Cunningham, negotiated the following improvements:
- 2.5% raise for each year of the contract
- Retroactive pay
- The bottom wage scale was lifted and now no bargaining unit employee will make less than $10/hr.
- Improvements in the 401(k) program
- The formation of a new labor/management committee to address staffing and quality care
This was a three year agreement and it expires in August of 2018.
Two terminations were overturned and employees sent back to work and two terminations were reduced to suspensions thanks to effective union representation at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
SEIU members gather for a Q&A session on their first union contract at St. Francis Hospital.
After many months of organizing and negotiating, workers at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis turned out to vote for their first union contract.
The new contract applies to service and technical employees and is a three-year agreement. Included is a wage increase of 7.5% over the term of the agreement, a grievance procedure that allows a neutral, third-party arbitration, a limit on increases to health insurance premiums, and provisions on job security, seniority recognition, and job bidding.
The Union’s Bargaining Committee, made up of Jackie Dennis, Cliffrie Morgan, Donald Dotson Sr., and Ruby Parson had recommended a ‘Yes’ vote to the membership. In the end, 96% of SEIU members voted Yes.
“Negotiating a first contract is a very tense time and it can sometimes be very frustrating, but I am really proud of the Bargaining Team,” said Doug Collier, President of SEIU Local 205. “The Committee members did an excellent job and their co-workers should be proud of them”.