Genesys Union Employees Vote Down Contract 8-27-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Genesys Union Employees Vote Down Contract 8-27-2010

Technical workers at Genesys Regional Medical Center voted against a contract that the hospital called the "last, best and final offer."
That means the workers' union can file a 10-day strike notice. However, the union has not officially filed one yet.
There will be union meetings Monday and Tuesday.
Nearly 300 technical workers at Genesys Regional Medical Center voted on the disputed contract Thursday.
The union, who advised its members to vote no, has threatened to issue a 10-day-strike notice if workers voted down the contract.
Genesys released this statement from Tammy Saunaitis, Vice President of Human Resources:
“It’s unfortunate the Teamsters rejected our extremely fair offer, especially during these tough economic times, as it includes a 2% wage increase each year for the next four years, preserves retiree healthcare coverage and provides the continuance of a competitive pension plan for our technical employees. However, Genesys is not entirely surprised. Even before Genesys made our final offer, the Teamsters leadership has maintained an agenda that overlooks the best interest of our local patients and the employees.
As of now, we have not received a strike notice. If the technical employees do decide to go out on strike, it will present a tremendous hardship for them and their families, and will cause concern among our patients and the community. However, Genesys is prepared. Genesys will never lose sight of the fact that we have a moral and legal obligation to continue serving our patients and this community. Our comprehensive contingency plan is in place to ensure Genesys will remain open and that all of our high quality patient care and services will remain operational without interruption."


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