More than 2,200 workers at Mercy Hospital of Buffalo on Thursday voted to ratify new, four-year contracts with Catholic Health System.
The contracts cover registered nurses and service, technical and clerical workers who are members of Communications Workers of America Local 1133. They expire in June 2020.
The contracts include wage increases in each year of the contract, reinstatement of step wage increases, a commitment by Catholic Health to fill vacant positions and adequately staff hospital units, a promise to hire the equivalent of more than 90 full-time workers at Mercy Hospital and creation of an initiative to improve labor-management relations at the hospital.
Representatives of workers at Mercy Hospital, registered nurses at Sisters of Charity, St. Joseph Campus, and technical workers at Kenmore Mercy Hospital last week reached a tentative agreement on their contracts, following tough and lengthy bargaining with Catholic Health. The contracts cover 2,500 workers in all.
The Mercy Hospital workers were the first to vote on their contracts. CWA declined to reveal the precise vote. St Joseph Campus workers will vote on Wednesday and the Kenmore Mercy workers will vote on Sept. 20.