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Contract talks break off for 7,200 Kaleida Health employees

The unions representing about 7,200 Kaleida Health employees announced Saturday that contract talks have broken off and will not resume until July 1.

At 11:59 p.m. Friday, Kaleida's contracts expired with Local 1168 of the Communications Workers of America, Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union Healthcare Workers East and Local 17 of the International Union of Operating Engineers. Their members remain on the job.

The pacts covered all Kaleida sites and jobs ranging from nurses to environmental services, Kaleida Chief of Staff Michael P. Hughes said.

"Management’s focus on cost savings has derailed attention to the core issues our members expect to be addressed," Local 1168 President Cori Gambini said. She said more than 30 issues, including staffing levels and economic provisions, remain unresolved.

"Our current proposal represents a $50 million-plus investment into our greatest asset, our workforce," Hughes said. "This investment, which includes additional staffing, improves quality of care while at the same time financially rewards our employees. It is fiscally responsible and works within our economic framework."

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