For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 6, 2020
For more information, contact: Joyce Gibson, firstname.lastname@example.org, 877-419-7348.
Union Workers at Fairmont Regional Medical Center Win Nearly $1,000,000, Continue Litigation Plans for 401K Contributions
SEIU District 1199 Members, with the help of Governor Jim Justice and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, leverage $844,342.49 from Alecto Healthcare to pay Union workers for earned benefit time.
FAIRMONT, WV – Today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199 WV/KY/OH announced a major victory for the hospital workers who were displaced from Fairmont Regional Medical Center when from Alecto Healthcare ceased operations. While the specifics of the settlement are confidential, Union leaders were able to secure all earned benefit time to be paid out to hospital workers including all paid-time-off (PTO), accrued vacation time, and bonus days.
In addition to being owed this earned benefit time, hospital workers plan to continue to work with Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to pursue litigation against Alecto Healthcare for 401K contributions the California-based, for-profit healthcare corporation still owes Union members.
“This is a major victory for the workers of Fairmont Regional Medical Center, who continued to provide quality care to this community up until the day Alecto shuttered the doors of the hospital,” said Joyce Gibson, Regional Director for SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “By working with Governor Justice and Attorney General Morrisey, we are sending a message that if you are going to do business in West Virginia, you have to treat our workers with dignity and respect.”
West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey have been working with Union leaders since first learning of Alecto’s plan to close Fairmont Regional Medical Center.
“I am pleased to hear that Alecto has agreed to pay nearly $1 million in paid time off to employees who earned that money through their hard work and loyalty at Fairmont Regional Medical Center,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “This is an important first step by Alecto, but make no mistake that our office remains committed to taking every step possible to help the workers who were improperly treated.
“These employees did not ask for the sudden closure of Fairmont Regional Medical Center. It was forced upon the employees and the community at large amid global pandemic. Our office intends to leave no stone unturned. Employees of Fairmont Regional, as well as those at Ohio Valley Medical Center, deserve nothing less,” Morrisey added.