Hospital employees thank elected officials, clergy and community members for their support.
ASHLAND, KY – The over 400 service and maintenance workers represented by the Service Employees International Union District 1199 at King’s Daughters Medical Center have reached a new three-year collective bargaining agreement that will allow them to preserve the quality care and services they provide to hospital patients as well as the dignity, rights and respect they deserve on the job.
“We are hopeful that with a new contract and new leadership at KDMC, that we can build a stronger relationship between hospital executives and Union members,” said Sherri McKinney, Coordinator with the Service Employees International Union District 1199. “We are grateful for the overwhelming support shown by elected officials, clergy and members of our community that helped us reach an agreement that preserves quality care and services for hospital patients.”
While the agreement is confidential between workers and hospital administrators, Union members were able to secure a 2% wage increase and affordable healthcare which will result is many employees paying less within the KDMC network.
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH represents over 400 workers at King’s Daughters Medical Center including all service and maintenance employees including nursing attendants, couriers, ward clerks, central supply room aides, scribes, nursing service secretaries, stock room clerks, dietary employees (including cooks, bakers, salad makers and dishwashers), housekeeping and laundry employees, maintenance department employees, maintenance clerk, dietary clerk, janitors, medical records clerks, transcriptionists, laboratory aides, laboratory clerks, home health aide, home health clerks, respiratory assistants, respiratory aides, patient review coordinator, regular part-time clerk in O.B. and operating room hostess, patient nutrition representative, environmental compliance operator, medical records clerk, and cardiovascular services secretary.