Kaleida Health reaches tentative labor deal covering 7,500 employees

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Buffalo, N.Y.-based Kaleida Health has reached a tentative agreement with three unions.

The three-year agreement, with the Communications Workers of America/AFL-CIO (CWA1168), International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE 17) and 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, covers 7,500 unionized employees.

The agreement follows three months of "cordial, good-faith negotiations," Kaleida said.

Kaleida did not release full details of the contract, as it must still be ratified by the union membership. However, the health system did say the contract calls for wage increases and hiring additional frontline staff while making changes to work rules.

Ratification voting is expected to occur in the next few weeks.

 

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