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Kaleida Health employees ratify three-year contract

Union employees have ratified a three-year agreement with Kaleida Health.

Voting took place during a three-day period, according to a representative of Local 1199 SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East and Kaleida.

Approximately 7,300 Kaleida Health workers are represented by that union, as well as by Local 1168, Communication Workers of America, and Local 17, International Union of Operating Engineers.

The agreement was characterized as “non-concessionary” and includes increases to wages, pension contributions and maintains current health care plans. There also is a wage re-opener on June 1, 2015.

Details weren’t disclosed.

The agreement was reached after more than 5,000 of the workers voted in favor of striking if an agreement wasn’t reached by the time the current pact expired last month. Kaleida Health includes Buffalo General Medical Center, Women & Children’s, Millard Fillmore Suburban and DeGraff Memorial hospitals.

“We are pleased to have the contract ratified,” said James Kaskie, president and CEO of Kaleida Health. “It is an investment in our employees and allows us to deal with an ever-changing health care environment. More importantly, we can now focus on meeting the health care needs of the Western New York communities that we serve with safe, quality patient care.”