After what the union calls years of bargaining for a fair contract, a collective agreement was approved on Thursday.
MUSKEGON, Mich. — In January, nearly 100 unionized Trinity Health-Mercy workers and community members came together to demand a fair deal.
Unionized workers said they had been bargaining for years, with no increases for a number of departments.
But, after all that time, a collective bargaining agreement between Trinity Health Muskegon and SEIU Healthcare Michigan, the union representing fellow nurses at the hospital, has been reached.
The new four-year collective agreement takes effect immediately.
“This is an important step forward for the future of our hospital and the healthcare heroes who run it every day,” said Gary Allore, President of Trinity Health Muskegon. “This result could not have been achieved without the hard work, time, energy and commitment of both parties. I am very satisfied with this result and I am grateful to everyone who has contributed to the conclusion of this agreement. »
According to a statement from SEIU nurses, the contract includes average salary increases of more than 20% over the 4-year contract, a lump sum bonus that can range from $7,000 to more than $11,000 for most nurses and a retention bonus of up to $10,000.
“This contract will provide relief from the staffing crisis and rebuild Mercy’s foundation as a respected community hospital that provides the highest quality care to its patients. We have sacrificed and put our lives on the line during this global pandemic – we demand to be respected, protected and paid. We won this solid contract thanks to the determination, resilience and determination of our union nurses. We refuse to go back on our demands and we have been rewarded for remaining united in our fight. At the end of the day, it’s about providing the best care for our patients and we can only do that when the hospital has the right staff. Now we will stand in solidarity with our union techs and support workers who continue to fight for their contract,” said Laura Krzykwa, RN and SEIU Bargaining Team Leader at Mercy Health Muskegon.
The SEIU represents 1,800 workers at the hospital.
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