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Laborers' Local 814 Ratify 3 Year Contract With WVU Healthcare

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Update (3/15/2014)

Members of Local 814 at West Virginia University Hospitals, Inc. ratified a 3 year contract Thursday evening by a 64 percent 'yes' vote. 

Update (3/5/2014)

WVUH and the Local 814 Union believe to have verbally reached a tentative agreement.  Meetings will be held after review of the hospital's contract language for voting.

Verbal agreements were reached for a number of issues including, insurance premiums, flex benefits, raises,  disability issues, and paid time off.

All employees currently hired will be able to keep their benefit credits.  As long as WVUH and the Local 814 agree on the information, both organizations hope to reach a tentative agreement.

Update (2/26/2014)

The latest development now on contract talks between West Virginia University Hospitals and the Local 814 Union.

Local 814 has issued a strike notice to begin on March 18 if an agreement with WVU Hospitals isn't reached.

When the groups met yesterday, WVUH didn't bring three signed agreements in order to grant the extension, according to the union.

The union said Monday it verbally granted an extension conditional upon WVUH signing the three agreements involving benefits, medical leave, and disability issues.

Update (2/25/2014)

The Local 814 has issued a strike notice to begin on March 18 if an agreement with WVU Hospitals isn't reached.

When the groups met Tuesday, WVU Hospitals didn't bring three signed agreements in order to grant the extension, said a news release from the union.

The union said on Monday, the union verbally granted an extension conditional upon WVUH signing the three agreements including keeping 0.5 FTE Benefits, continuing benefit credits, and an agreement to negotiate a pause or automatic reset in short term disability and medical leaves of absence.

Update (1/23/2014)

The Laborers' Local 814 union is set to meet again with WVU Hospitals to clear up some contract issues.

The union still has problems about pay upgrades, seniority, and vacations.

WVU Hospitals provided a best and final offer in December.

The laborers' business manager said he expects significant movement on the hospital's part to reach an agreement.

The union and hospital officials will meet Friday at the hospital.


 

Update (1/8/2014):

Laborers' Local 814 met with WVU Healthcare Wednesday, Jan. 8 to discuss ongoing contract negotiations. Local 814 said it came prepared with proposals regarding staffing, vacations, and discipline although the hospital hasn't given proposals in return.

The union negotiators are also employees of WVU Healthcare, said a news release from the union. During negotiations the hospital has insisted the union pay the union member's wages. The union agreed to reimburse the hospital for "workshop," which the union defines as a system for pay when an employees goes offsite for training. The system counts those hours and hours worked, according to a news release. The union said WVU Healthcare informed them Wednesday that the workshop hours don't count as hours worked.

Laborers' Local 814 has suspended negotiations until the hospital will acknowledge the workshop hours as hours worked. The union said it is willing to negotiate in good faith but it isn't willing to have its employment or employment status harmed.


Update (1/6/2014):

Negotiations resumed Monday. The deadline is still at the end of the month.


Update:

WVU Hospitals and Local 814 have agreed to extend the current collective bargaining agreement until Jan. 31, 2014. Negotiations will resume on Jan. 6, said Angela Jones-Knopf at WVU Hospitals.

Negotiations will resume on Jan. 6.


Update:

Nearly a thousand hospital workers casted their ballots Wednesday night, as members of Local 814 Union were voting on a new agreement with WVU Healthcare.

A union member said the hospital gave its last and best offer for the contract last week.  The polls closed at 7:30p.m.  The official count for the vote on this new contract is now final and an overwhelming 601 people voted no and the rest voted yes.  

A strike has been authorized.

Amy Johns, Director of Public Affairs Planning, Marketing & Communications for WVU Healthcare & Health Sciences, released a statement saying, "We believe this was a very fair proposal that would continue to place our workers at the highest levels of compensation and benefits compared to other hospitals in the state.  WVUH officials have been negotiating with union representatives since October.  We are hopeful that in the coming days we can reach an agreement that our union employees will approve."  


 Original story:

West Virginia University Healthcare and Laborers' Local 814 are working to negotiate a new contract, known as the Collective Bargaining Agreement.

On Dec. 10, WVU Healthcare gave the union its last and final offer. Local 814 did not endorse the offer, according to a news release from John Grossklaus, Business Manager of the Laborers' Local 814.

"We're trying to negotiate a contract with Ruby for the past four months. We've given them a little over two dozen proposals and three times that many counter proposals," said John Grossklauf, the Business Manager of Laborers Local 814 and an employee at Ruby Memorial Hospitals. "And last week when we met with them they gave us a last best and final offer. None of our proposals were considered in that offer so WVU Hospitals requested we vote on it."
 
For the years of 2014, 2015, and 2016 benefit credit that employees have been able to use for twenty years to help pay for premiums is being eliminated. It's $22.50 per pay for full time employees which is 28 cents an hour and $11.25 for part time employees.

On Dec. 18, the union will vote on the proposed contract. The offer is completely WVU Healthcare's proposal and the union claims that WVU Healthcare did not consider its substantial proposals.

The union said it would like for WVU Healthcare to bargain in good faith and implement changes that will help make WVU Hospitals a better place for patients.