A tentative agreement has been reached with three unions representing more than 7,300 employees of Kaleida Health, averting the threat of a potential strike with Friday’s expiration of the current contract extension.
“The new agreement is an investment in our employees, with a continued commitment to providing market-competitive wages, benefits and employment conditions,” James R. Kaskie, president and chief executive officer of Kaleida Health, said in a statement released this morning. “Just as important, it will also help Kaleida Health navigate a very difficult economy and ever-changing healthcare industry.”
The workers affected are members of Local 1168, Communications Workers of America; Local 17, International Union of Operating Engineers; and Local 1199 SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East. Earlier this month, they voted in favor of going on strike at Kaleida Health, which operates four hospitals in the Buffalo area, if a new agreement wasn’t reached by June 21.
The tentative pact is for three years.
The two groups began bargaining in early March. After 32 negotiating sessions, a tentative agreement was reached on more than 150 articles, memorandums of understanding and letters including all economic and non-economic issues in the contract, according to Kaleida.