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Kaleida Health, Unions Reach Tentative Agreement

10:49 PM, Jun 20, 2013   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY - The largest non-profit healthcare provider in Western New York has reached a tentative contract agreement with their unionized employees.

Kaleida Health informed 2 On Your Side of the agreement early Thursday morning.

"The new agreement is an investment in our employees, with a continued commitment to providing market-competitive wages, benefits and employment conditions. Just as important, it will also help Kaleida Health navigate a very difficult economy and ever-changing healthcare industry," said James R. Kaskie, President and CEO of Kaleida Health.

Calls placed to union officials were not returned early Thursday morning.

The three-year contract covers more than 7,300 unionized employees who are represented by the Communications Workers of America, International Union of Operating Engineers and United Healthcare Workers East.

Both sides were working under an extended agreement that was set to expire on June 21st as labor and management met with a federal mediator to try to hammer out a deal.

The labor workers approved a vote last week that gave their negotiators permission to give Kaleida a 10 day strike notice.

It took both sides 32 negotiating sessions to come to the tentative agreement.

Negotiations began on March 2nd.

Kaleida facilities include Buffalo General Medical Center, Millard Fillmore Suburban, DeGraff Hospital and Women and Children's Hospital.

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