Contracts ratified at Kindred Bay Area, Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center
With strong support from the community, plus great turnout at informational pickets, NUHW members at Sutter Health’s flagship hospital, San Francisco’s California Pacific Medical Center, fought Sutter’s takeaways for two years, staving off sharp cuts while persuading Sutter to increase its wage proposals. The new contract includes 13 percent across-the-board wage increases over the life of the contract, a $1000 signing bonus, a ban on subcontracting, better reclassification language, and an EVS heavy-duty differential. Members voted 87 percent to ratify the contract in balloting held December 14-16.
NUHW members at Kindred Bay Area, a transitional care hospital in San Leandro, voted 89 percent to ratify a contract December 11 after two months of negotiations with the employer. Bargaining picked up steam after NUHW members at two Orange County Kindred facilities in Brea and Westminster settled hard-fought contracts. After a long fight at those facilities, Kindred officials finally decided they wanted a positive relationship with their union workers and settled those contracts favorably, and that new attitude extended north to the Bay Area as well. The contract includes 3 percent wage increases for each year of the three-year contract, plus a $500 signing bonus.