Fairmont, West Virginia – Workers at Fairmont General Hospital have voted overwhelmingly in support of a tentative agreement for a new, three-year contract that maintains quality care at the hospital through shared sacrifices, preserving first class healthcare options for the community.
“The future of Fairmont General Hospital depends on this community coming together and supporting one another,” said Terri Walker, a registered nurse and SEIU District 1199 Executive Board member. “We’ve made the sacrifices necessary to show our patients and our community that we will do what it takes to maintain the quality care they deserve.”
As one of the largest employers in the area, Fairmont General Hospital employees and management have come together in a spirit of cooperation to ensure that the needs of community continue to be met and the local economy maintains family-sustaining jobs. Fairmont General Hospital representatives, employees, and SEIU District 1199 union leadership will continue to work extremely hard and cooperatively in order to assure that the hospital provides high-quality health care services to our community and to explore all necessary steps to maintain the long-term viability.
Fairmont General Hospital executives stated, “We appreciate the commitment of the employees and the local Union leadership and the cooperative spirit in which the parties have approached this negotiation process.”
The details of the tentative agreement are confidential between the employer and the Union, however the agreement includes over $3,000,000 in wages and benefits concessions over the term of the contract. Workers also made significant improvements to non-economic provisions of their collective bargaining agreement that will improve service delivery and recognize employees for their time of service to the hospital.
The next step will be for Fairmont General Hospital representatives to seek, with their recommendation, approval of the new collective bargaining agreement by the bankruptcy court. If approved, the new collective bargaining agreement will expire on October 31st, 2016.