Health care providers at the Huntsville District Nursing Home ratify
On April 20, 2017, members of Local 175’s Hospital, Office, & Professional Employees (HOPE) sector who work at the Fairvern Huntsville District Nursing Home secured a new agreement covering three years.
The Union negotiating committee achieved wage gains in every year of the agreement plus additional adjustments for Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs). Wages increases by 1.4% for all classifications in each year of the deal and RPNs receive an additional 10 cents per hour in the first and second year, and 15 cents per hour in the third year. Initial increases are fully retroactive for hours worked since May 1, 2016. The hourly premium for weekend work increases by 10 cents as well.
Members also achieved a long-service paid loyalty day after 30 years of employment and improved vacation language that provides seven paid weeks after 25 years of service instead of the previous 28 years required.
Employer contributions toward the group health insurance premiums increase from 8.75% to 9% over the agreement term. New language outlines scheduling and the distribution of T4 slips, plus aunts and uncles have been added to the one-day bereavement provision.
Union Negotiating Committee: Pam Brown, Estelle Frank, Rachel Leesen, Joyce Vicaire, and Union Rep Tony Nigro.