Washington hospital avoids strike with contractual agreement | Local News

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Washington Health System and Service Employees International Union Healthcare Pa. announced Thursday that Washington hospital employees voted to ratify a new contract.

Nearly 300 workers represented by the SEIU voted to authorize a strike notice if they could not agree before the expiry of the previous contract on January 31.

In a statement, WHS said the contract, which was ratified on Monday, is a three-year deal.

“Washington Health System is pleased to have entered into an agreement with SEIU Healthcare of Pa. This agreement affirms Washington Health Systems’ mission to provide excellent patient care for the community while supporting our team members with a very competitive salary and benefits package,” the statement read.

WHS marketing manager Stephanie Wagoner declined to comment further.

The SEIU wrote in a statement that the contract was concluded with its members, “without any concessions”.

“The bargaining unit, made up of nearly 300 caregivers, dietary and environmental service workers, maintenance workers and other support staff, have entered into negotiations focused on improving their working conditions and for begin to address the staffing crisis that has devastated the hospital and the Washington community during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the statement read.

The SEIU did not comment further on contract details.

Earlier, the union said its members were seeking better pay, better working conditions and more recruitment tools to tackle staff shortages.

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