Saturday, May 21, 2011

97% voted for the Bridge Agreement

On Thursday Community General employees ratified the Bridge Agreement, as negotiated by 1199SEIU and hospital management.

The Bridge Agreement was supported by 97% of the voters.

Ratification of the new collective bargaining agreement is a notable accomplishment that helps set the stage for Community's employees making the transition to Upstate University Hospital at Community General.

Collective bargaining began on February 11 and continued through the last week of April. There were 12 bargaining sessions, in all. Community's labor agreement expired April 30, and a tentative agreement was reached on May 13.

My sincere thanks to all members of the labor bargaining team who helped reach the agreement, and congratulations to Community's management team for its concerted efforts over the many weeks of discussion.


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