Santa Rosa Memorial, Petaluma Valley workers approve labor deal

Workers at Santa Rosa (Calif.) Memorial and Petaluma (Calif.) Valley hospitals have approved a tentative agreement with management, The Press Democrat reports.

The National Union of Healthcare Workers, which represents 680 Memorial workers and 150 Petaluma Valley workers, said the tentative agreement was reached June 8, in time to avert a one-day strike that was set for June 9.

The tentative agreement includes mediation of patient care issues, as well as a commitment from management "to work with its staff to assess and meet staffing needs throughout the hospitals," according to the union. Under the tentative agreement, workers would also receive 5 percent increases in the first and second years of the three-year contract, along with a 3.25 percent increase in the third year, plus an immediate 6 percent market-adjustment increase for roughly half the workers at each facility.

Additionally, medical plan premiums would be frozen for the duration of the agreement, beginning in 2017, the union said.


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