Contract negotiations enter 8th month as workers call out bad faith bargaining by ValleyCare executives.
YOUNGSTOWN, OHIO – The over 300 professional, technical and other employees represented by the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199 at ValleyCare’s Northside Medical Center will file federal Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) for failing to bargain in good faith with the union.
“In our community and at our hospital, workers and management have a history of coming together and negotiating a fair contract that preserves the quality care and services as well as allows the workers to have dignity, rights and respect on the job,” said Chrissy Heineman, Administrative Organizer and chief negotiator for SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH at Northside Medical Center. “Workers at Northside Medical Center are asking the community to stand with them once again as they fight to preserve good jobs and quality care here in the Mahoning Valley.”
Workers began negotiations nearly eight months ago with ValleyCare executives, beginning on Thursday, January 29th, 2015, and have now been working without a contract since April 1st. Since talks began, ValleyCare executives have only agreed to meet as little as once per month and have even cancelled bargaining sessions scheduled between employees and management.
Hospital employees will meet privately with their union bargaining committee on Wednesday, September 9th to discuss and vote on next steps as they work to bargain a fair contract.
The next scheduled bargaining dates are set for September 29 and October 28.