Thursday, July 17, 2014
Workers at Highlands Regional Medical Center To Vote On So-Called ‘Last, Best and Final’ Offer By Hospital Executives
Hospital employees agree to share in sacrifice to preserve quality care.
PRESTONSBURG, KENTUCKY – Workers at Highlands Regional Medical Center, members of the Service Employees International Union District 1199, were given what the hospital executives are calling their ‘last, best and final offer.’
Hospital employees will vote either to accept the management’s proposal or to issue a 10-day strike notice tomorrow, Friday, July 18th from 6:30am until 7:30pm. If an agreement could not be reached within that time, workers could be on the picket line before the end of the month.
“From the beginning, we made it clear to the hospital that workers were united and would do everything within their power to preserve quality care and good jobs for this community,” said Joyce Gibson, Director of Healthcare for West Virginia and Kentucky with the Service Employees International Union District 1199. “Our work adds value to Highlands through the quality care and services our members provide to this community.
Workers and Union representatives will be available for comment during the vote. The details of the tentative agreement are confidential between the Union and the employer and the outcome of the vote will not be announced until all votes are properly counted at the end of the vote.