Some employees plan picket at St. Mary's campus

Updated: 05/30/2014 2:05 PM
Created: 05/30/2014 7:00 AM WHEC.com

Some employees may be picketing outside St. Mary’s campus today. According to the union representing them, the employees want changes to their pay system, benefits and language in their contract.

The union says negotiations between employees and management Thursday failed to resolve outstanding issues.

Employees plan to picket and hold a rally at the Genesee Street campus this afternoon. The union says this is not a strike or a work stoppage. The rally is scheduled to happen around 4 p.m.

Unity Health issued a statement today saying, "Unity Health System is disappointed that SEIU 1199 and Unity Living Center (ULC) employees represented by the Union have decided to picket. Picketing does nothing to advance the process, although we respect that this is their right. Collective bargaining is a difficult process. ULC employees were advised prior to selecting union representation that negotiating a first contract can take 12-24 months, and, as one study pointed out, in 75% of first contract negotiations, a contract has not been finalized within the first year from the date of Union certification—in this case, June 28, 2014. Unity Health System has always provided all our employees a safe and healthful work environment, recognition for a job well-done and competitive pay and benefits. Our success as an organization is a direct result of the skill, hard work and dedication of every employee at Unity. Unity Health System’s philosophy on the bargaining process is to maintain the highest possible standards of resident care, consistency of policies and their application within the larger Health System, and flexibility for ULC operations."


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