Strike called off at Oregon hospital

Unionized workers at McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center in Springfield, Ore., have reached two-year contracts with hospital management, according to The Register-Guard.

The deal, reached Sept. 6, covers hospital workers represented by the Service Employees International Union Local 49. It addresses issues such as pay, staffing and health costs.

The deal includes a 3 percent raise in each year as well as a 3 percent to 4 percent market adjustment salary increase for certified nursing assistants, housekeepers and food service workers, SEIU Local 49 Healthcare Director Steven Ward told The Register-Guard.

The agreement came as workers  planned to walk off the job g Sept. 9 through Sept. 12. The strike was canceled after the hospital management and workers reached the deal.

McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center is owned by Brentwood, Tenn.-based Quorum Health. SEIU Local 49 has more than 15,000 members in Oregon and Washington state.


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