26 hospitals, health systems raising workers' pay

The following hospitals and health systems have announced or shared plans for raising workers' pay since June 21. 

Note: This is not an exhaustive list. This list was updated Nov. 6.

1. Members of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania approved a new three-year union contract with Pittsburgh-based Allegheny General Hospital. The agreement includes an average raise of 23% over the life of the contract; a minimum $40 an hour starting rate by the end of the contract for all nurses with a BSN degree; a new salary scale for salary and specialty nurses based on years of licensure; and significant raises for nurse practitioners, according to the union.

2. Members of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals within Springfield, Pa.-based Crozer Health approved new one-year contract extension agreements. Nurses received approximately 10% across-the-board pay increases; EMTs and paramedics received $6 per hour across-the-board raises; medical professionals received average wage increases of 8%; and pharmacists received 11% across-the-board wage increases, according to the union.

3. Members of the Rochester Union of Nurses and Allied Professionals approved a new labor contract with Rochester (N.Y.) General Hospital. In a statement shared with Becker's, hospital officials said the contract allows RGH "to staff the hospital to best meet the needs of our patients, provides nurses with significant wage increases over the next 42 months and ensures we continue to serve the Rochester community with care, compassion and competence."

4. Members of 1199SEIU approved a new three-year contract with Mercy Hospital in Rockville Centre, N.Y. Under the contract, workers will receive an 18% wage increase over the life of the agreement, according to the union.

5. Members of the National Nurses Organizing Committee approved a new three-year labor contract with Jackson Park Hospital in Chicago. Under the agreement, nurses will receive average wage increases of 17% over the life of the deal, according to the union. 

6. California Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a new law that will gradually raise healthcare workers' hourly minimum wage to $25. The new law comes after union and hospital representatives reached agreement on how a $25 per hour minimum wage for healthcare workers could be addressed. Under the new law, cities and counties are blocked from increasing pay via ballot measures for 10 years. The new law also factors in amendments that include gradual wage schedules, rather than an immediate increase for all healthcare workers.

7. Nurses approved a new labor contract with Dameron Hospital in Stockton, Calif., which is managed by Roseville, Calif.-based Adventist Health. The agreement includes wage increases of 19% over two years, according to the union. 

8. Members of Service Employees International Union District 1199 approved a labor contract with Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital. Both parties said the contract provides fair benefits and improved wages.

9. Members of the California Nurses Association at Providence St. Joseph Hospital Eureka (Calif.) and at Providence Redwood Memorial Hospital in Fortuna, Calif., approved a new labor contract. The contract includes designated break nurses, a better floating system, improved non-discrimination and harassment language, and 18% wage increases across the board over three years, according to the union.

10. Nurses at St. Catherine of Siena Hospital in Smithtown, N.Y., who are represented by the New York State Nurses Association, approved a new contract with management. The agreement includes set nurse-to-patient staffing ratios, expedited staffing enforcement language, and an average wage increase of 23% over three years, according to the union.

11. Members of the Committee of Interns and Residents reached a tentative agreement with Boston Medical Center. The agreement includes raises of about 20% over three years, an additional living stipend totaling $11,000 per resident, four weeks annual paid vacation, and key language related to diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, according to the union.

12. Hartford-based Connecticut Children's said it will raise its minimum wage by $3 to $18 an hour, effective Oct. 6. The raise will affect almost one-third of the system's employees, or about 900 people.

13. Members of the Caregivers and Healthcare Employees Union approved a new contract with Glendale (Calif.) Memorial Hospital and Health Center, part of San Francisco-based Dignity Health. The deal covers more than 400 respiratory therapists, laboratory technicians and other healthcare workers. It includes workplace violence prevention language, health and safety provisions, an 18% wage increase over four years, and a competitive minimum starting rate, according to the union.

14. Loretto Hospital in Chicago and Service Employees International Union Healthcare Illinois reached a new labor agreement. The tentative agreement, reached Aug. 10, includes increases to minimum wage rates for all titles, across-the-board wage increases for all Loretto workers and wage increases recognizing years of service, according to the union.

15. Members of the New York State Nurses Association reached a new contract with NYC Health + Hospitals/mayoral agencies and the city of New York. Under the new contract, which the NYSNA called "historic," union members will receive two years of pay parity wage increases: $16,006 in year one and $5,551 in year two, the union said. The deal also includes salary increases that when combined with the parity award total an increase of at least 37% over five and a half years. 

16. Service Employees International Union Local 521 reached a tentative agreement on a successor contract with Santa Clara County in California. The deal covers more than 12,000 workers across the county, including hospital staff, according to a July 28 news release shared with Becker's. It includes a wage increase of 13% over three years, a one-time lump sum payment, as well as equity and realignment payments.

17. Members of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East at 19 HCA Healthcare hospitals in Florida approved a new three-year contract. The union said the deal includes across-the-board raises and a wage grid with no salary caps in the first two contract years, among other provisions.

18. Members of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East at Dunkirk, N.Y.-based Brooks-TLC Hospital System approved a new three-year contract. The contract includes up to 18% in wage increases for union members, the union said. Dietary and environmental service workers and other job titles will receive an 8% wage increase in the first contract year. Other titles will receive a 5% wage increase in the first contract year, a 5% wage increase in the second contract year and another 5% wage increase in the final year of the agreement. 

19. Nurses at McLaren Lapeer (Mich.) Region Hospital approved a new three-year contract. The contract includes wage increases averaging 19% over the life of the contract. 

20. Members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association approved a new 18-month contract agreement with Boston-based Tufts Medical Center. The contract, approved June 26, includes a 10% across-the-board increase, immediately after contract ratification, in the first subsequent paycheck. It also includes 2.5% increases in February 2024 and September 2024.

21. Members of the Service Employees International Union at Las Palmas and Del Sol medical centers in El Paso, Texas, will receive pay increases under a new, recently approved contract. Under the new contract, which expires in May 2026, the Las Palmas and Del Sol hospitals' hourly minimum wage increases $1 per hour to $13.50 per hour, according to a union news release shared with Becker's. The contract also includes a 6.4% compounded wage increase by 2026, as well as a 1.5% "market equity adjustment" to increase the pay of high-demand jobs.

22. Members of Professional Resource for Nurses approved a tentative agreement with Mountain View, Calif.-based El Camino Health. According to the deal, which is posted on the union website, the agreement includes a 16% pay increase for nurses over three years. 

23. Members of the California Nurses Association and its affiliate, Caregivers and Healthcare Employees Union, approved new three-year contracts at USC Arcadia (Calif.) Hospital. According to CHEU and the CNA, the contracts include comprehensive wage increases.

24. Workers at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland (Calif.) approved new three-year contracts with management. According to the NUHW, the new contracts include across-the-board raises of 13% for all workers over the life of the contract, as well as additional raises for more than 30 worker classifications.

25. Members of the Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU voted to ratify a new contract for resident physicians at the Burlington-based University of Vermont Medical Center. The contract includes a total base salary increase of 20% over two years and seven months, according to a June 21 news release from the hospital. It also includes additional compensation for moonlighting and unplanned backup shifts, and education and meal funds for each resident.

26. Members of Einstein Nurses United, an affiliate of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, approved a new three-year contract with Jefferson Health Einstein Medical Center Philadelphia. Under the new deal, nurses will receive average pay increases of 9.5% the first year of the contract, in addition to improved experience-based wage increases and improvements to union members' overall benefits package, according to PASNAP.

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