Kaleida Health Care staff approve 3-year contract

In the vote, 91% of workers represented by 1199 SEIU and 74% of workers represented by CWA supported the new deal.

BUFFALO, NY – Thousands of Kaleida healthcare workers have agreed to a new three-year contract.

In the vote, 91 percent of workers represented by 1199 SEIU and 74 percent of workers represented by CWA supported the new deal. It comes after months of negotiations with Kaleida Health.

The contract includes staff bonuses, wage increases and 500 new full-time positions.

The agreement is valid until May 2025.

“This contract is a great win for our members who are struggling to care for patients amid serious staffing issues and a nationwide labor shortage. We fought hard to ensure no compromises were made, which is a testament to the tireless efforts of our members, whose top priority has always been their patients,” said Cori Gambini, president of CWA Local 1168 and a registered nurse, in a statement on Thursday night.

“We have worked to reinforce loopholes in the treaty and ensure the intent of the language is reinforced for our members. After years of dealing with and learning from a pandemic, we made sure to include pandemic-specific language forming a committee dedicated to the health, safety and preparedness to protect our members.”

Days earlier, Kaleida Health spokesman Michael Hughes released a statement on the negotiation process:

“Despite the challenge and the length it took, this process was about reaching a fair contract that rewards our current employees, helps attract new employees and positions the company strongly for the future “, he said.

“We have delivered on our commitment to our three stated goals as part of this contract: no preferential negotiations, meeting workforce needs at Kaleida Health, and investing in our workforce with pay increases and more. It is a good and fair contract. We all know that our workforce has been stretched to the limit over the past two and a half years and they continue to step up to help us meet the challenges we face. It is therefore vital that we continue to support and invest in them.”

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