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NIAGARA FALLS – A new three-year contract for employees of Schoellkopf Health Center, a nursing home owned by Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, includes what the management called “substantial” pay increases.

The employer’s pension contributions also will be going up, according to a joint news release Thursday from the medical center and Local 1199, Service Employees International Union, United Healthcare Workers East.

Todd Hobler, vice president for nursing homes at Local 1199, said the annual pay increases range from 3 percent to 7 percent, depending on an employee’s location on the six-year wage scale.

The pact is retroactive to May 1 and covers licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, unit clerks and laundry aides at the 120-bed nursing home.