10 hospital-union contract agreements

The following hospital-union agreements have been reported since Nov. 1:

Note: This list was updated Jan. 19.

1.  Workers at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield, Ore., approved a new contract with hospital management, according to a union news release shared with Becker's Jan. 19. The agreement covers about 300 workers represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 49, which went on strike in December. They include certified nursing assistants, MRI technicians, respiratory therapists, pharmacy technicians and other professionals.

2. Healthcare workers at Doctors Hospital of Riverside (Calif.) canceled a 24-hour strike planned for Jan. 13 after the workers and hospital management reached a tentative agreement, according to hospital and union statements shared with Becker's.

3. Nurses at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Mass., voted to ratify a new contract, officially ending a 301-day strike, according to union and hospital statements. The vote took place Jan. 3 after nearly 10 months and more than 43 negotiating sessions.

4. More than 350 healthcare workers at Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch, Calif., approved a new contract with Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare West. The final approval of an agreement was announced Dec. 16 after workers went on strike twice earlier in 2021 over concerns about staffing and working conditions.

5. Warren (Pa.) General Hospital workers, who are represented by the Warren General Hospital Professional Employees Association, a local chapter of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, approved a new three-year union contract. The workers reached a tentative deal with the hospital Dec. 13 and approved it Dec. 15. With the deal approved, a strike was averted. 

6. About 50,000 workers represented by local unions nationwide approved a four-year contract with Oakland, Calif.-based Kaiser Permanente. The contract, which is retroactively effective Oct. 1, was approved after a tentative deal was reached in November.

7. Lansing, Mich.-based Sparrow Hospital reached a tentative agreement with the Professional Employee Council of Sparrow Hospital, a local affiliate of the Michigan Nurses Association, on a three-year contract, according to hospital and union statements released Dec. 3. The agreement — which came after more than four months of collective bargaining — covers about 2,200 union-represented workers, including nurses, pharmacists and laboratory scientists. Workers voted Dec. 9 and Dec. 10 to accept the agreements. 

8. MetroWest Medical Center Leonard Morse Hospital in Framingham, Mass., reached a 30-month agreement in November 2021 with the Laborers' International Union of North America, according to a Dec. 1 news release. The agreement covers about 75 mental health counselors and patient care associates at the behavioral health facility, which is part of Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare. 

9. About 2,500 registered nurses and service, technical and clerical staff at Buffalo, N.Y.-based Catholic Health approved four-year contracts in November after a five-week strike, according to union and health system statements. The six contracts cover workers represented by the Communications Workers of America at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Kenmore Mercy Hospital and Sisters of Charity Hospital-St. Joseph Campus.

10. New Hyde Park, N.Y.-based Northwell Health and the New York Professional Nurses Union agreed on terms of a $50 million contract expansion in November. The three-year agreement covers nurses in Northwell Health institutions across New York City, including Lenox Hill Hospital, Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital, and Lenox Hill Greenwich Village.  

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