UNAP Contract Negotiations
2015 Hospital negotiations covering more than half of the entire UNAP membership with expiration dates by June 30th and negotiations for over 500 new members negotiating first contracts have been under way. Negotiations began for over 400 service workers for their first contract at Fatima Hospital on June 29th. Approximately 100 environmental employees at Kent Hospital are also in the process of negotiating their first contract. Contract negotiations are in full gear with RI Hospital demanding reductions to the health insurance and retirement, as well as a pay freeze, all while continuing to chronically understaff. The membership voted overwhelmingly to authorize the negotiating committee to issue a 10-day strike notice, if they believed it necessary to achieve a fair and equitable contract. On July 9 over 800 members came together for an informational picket sending a strong message to the Hospital administration to invest in staffing and stop demanding give-backs. The local also announced its media campaign, including TV and radio commercials targeting Lifespan’s recent lavish advertising campaign. Two Care New England facilities, Memorial Hospital and Kent Hospital have June 2015 expiration dates. The Memorial Hospital and Kent Hospital Locals have extended their current contract for an additional six months through December 2015.
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