Hospitals Present Comprehensive Economic, Staffing Proposals
Late Wednesday night, 30 hours before a strike is scheduled to begin at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, the hospital, along with Kenmore Mercy Hospital and St. Joseph Campus, presented a $31 million, comprehensive economic package to CWA. The offer would bring the total value of the six contracts covering registered nurses and service, technical and clerical associates to more than $240 million.
“We recognize and respect that our nurses and other healthcare workers are frustrated and fatigued as we continue to work through the COVID-19 pandemic,” said JoAnn Cavanaugh. “We strongly believe the contract provisions we have presented are fair, provide market-competitive wages and benefits, and address staffing concerns.”
The table below outlines what the hospitals proposed to the union.
|Topic||Catholic Health Hospitals’ Proposal|
|WAGES||Contract Year 1|
|Contract Year 2||2.0% General Wage Increase (GWI)|
|Contract Year 3||2.0% GWI|
|Contract Year 4||2.5% GWI|
|HEALTH PLAN BENEFITS|
Most current associates’ health insurance premiums will remain unchanged.
Associates’ pension plans will remain unchanged.
|PTO||Maintain current Paid Time Off (PTO) accrual levels for all associates.|
The hospitals proposed, among other provisions:
“A rising tide of Mercy Hospital associates are sharing that they don’t want to go on strike,” Cavanaugh said. “The hospitals have a made a good faith effort to provide a fair contract with competitive wages and benefits and to avert a strike.”
The union has the ability to withdraw its 10-day strike notice before its planned strike begins tomorrow morning at 6 a.m.