Strike Delayed: Hospital, Union To Continue Talks 9-03-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Strike Delayed: Hospital, Union To Continue Talks 9-03-2010

A strike has been averted at Genesys Regional Medical Center, at least for now. On Friday, the teamsters union said it will be headed back to the bargaining table.
Tensions have been running high between union leaders and hospital management. This comes after the union turned down what was said to be the hospital's best, final offer.
Union president Nina Bugbee said a half-hour phone call this morning between her and Genesys GEO Mark Taylor was what got the two sides back to the bargaining table.
Bugbee said she wanted to reach out one last time, and for the first time in two months, the two sides will start up talks again, possibly as soon as Tuesday.
Meanwhile, Genesys agreed not to implement any of the provisions from their last, best, and final offer to the union. And the union representing 300 technical workers agreed not to issue a strike notice until Sept. 24.
Bugbee said union members should feel relieved.
"The membership is angry, and rightfully so, but I think there will be a sense of relief and this is not to say that down the road, in a couple of weeks, we may have to issue that strike notice," said Bugbee. "But this union and the members are doing everything we can to not go down that road."
Earlier this week, two-thirds of the union workers rejected that "last, best final offer" from Genesys. The two sides have been trying to hammer out a new contract for several months.
The latest offer would give some workers a 2 percent per year increase over the next four years, continue retiree health care coverage and offer severance packages to Genesys ambulance workers who would lose jobs.
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