Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System’s (SVMHS) publicly elected
Board of Directors unanimously approved a four year contract for Hospital
employees represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW).
The ratification follows a vote by NUHW represented staff to approve the
“The agreement is a model of compromise and produced a strong, competitive
package of pay and benefits for employees,” says Rafael Garcia,
President of the SVMHS Board of Directors. “Not only does this contract
reward our valued employees, it is also consistent with the Healthcare
System’s commitment to quality care, responsibly managing district
hospital resources and rewarding a work culture that supports shared organizational
goals and values.”
The contract provides pay increases and keeps a comprehensive package of
benefits, including low-cost health coverage, a pension plan and several
weeks of paid time off.
“I want to commend the bargaining teams who worked through some complex
and difficult issues to reach agreement,” says Pete Delgado, President/CEO
of Salinas Valley Memorial Healthcare System. “We appreciate the
dedication of all of our employees and are focused on working together
as a team in providing quality care for our community.”
Contract negotiations with NUHW began in July of 2015 and included 23 bargaining
sessions and three rounds of mediation. A tentative agreement between
the Hospital and Union was reached August 12th.