Saturday, July 19, 2014
Workers at Highlands Regional Medical Center Ratify New Three-Year Contract
PRESTONSBURG, KY – Late last night, workers at Highlands regional medical center in Prestonsburg voted to ratify a new three-year agreement with hospital executives that will preserve quality care and services for eastern Kentucky.
Workers were able to fight off major concessions while earning a wage increase for each of the next three years. However, they did agree to take on more of their cost of healthcare while preserving spousal coverage, which had been a major issue of contract negotiations in the last couple of weeks.
“Workers at Highlands always put quality care above all else, and tonight’s vote demonstrates a further commitment to that promise to our community,” said Joyce Gibson, West Virginia and Kentucky healthcare director of the service employees international Union 1199. “our members understand and appreciate the current fiscal health of Highlands regional medical center and were willing to do their part to keep healthcare options viable for eastern Kentucky.”
This new three-year contract goes into effect immediately and will expire in July of 2017.