Four-Year Contract Provides Guaranteed 2-4% Raises Each Year, Fully Protects Employer-Paid Healthcare
More than 2,700 caregivers at five HCA-affiliated hospitals in California voted overwhelmingly–by 90%–last week to accept a new collective bargaining agreement that provides guaranteed raises of 2% – 4% in each year of the four-year contract, wage scale equity, fully protected health and retirement benefits, and long-term job security.
The agreement, which covers licensed vocational nurses, respiratory care practitioners, certified nurse assistants, environmental services workers who are Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) members, was reached December 4 after marathon negotiations assisted by a federal mediator who’d stepped in to help avoid a one-day strike originally set for December 3. Voting by members to ratify the agreement concluded Friday, December 10.
“Having guaranteed raises and keeping our free family healthcare gives me tremendous peace of mind,” said Margaret Yardley, who works in the dietary department at Regional Medical Center in San Jose. “What we won will help HCA caregivers for years to come, benefiting not just our families but also the communities where we work and provide care.”
The agreement includes minimum guaranteed raises of 2% to 4% each year for four years, protects fully employer-paid healthcare and allows for career advancement and education reimbursement. Additional raises to bring employees at each of the five hospitals up to the current wage scale vary by hospital and will range between 13% and 36% over three years.
SEIU-UHW represents caregivers at all five HCA hospitals in California: Good Samaritan Hospital and Regional Medical Center, both in San Jose; Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center in Thousand Oaks; Riverside Community Hospital in Riverside; and West Hills Medical Center and Hospital in West Hills.