McKenzie-Willamette workers approve new contract, cancel strike

The new two-year contract came days before a planned three-day unfair labor practice strike.

Posted: Sep 10, 2019 7:41 AM
Updated: Sep 10, 2019 4:18 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Four-hundred hospital workers at the McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center voted to approve a new union contract late on Friday, Sept. 6.

The new two-year contract came days before a planned three-day unfair labor practice strike that would have taken place Sept. 10 through Sept. 12. 

RELATED: McKenzie-Willamette workers to strike, union says

SEIU Local 49 said the new contract raises standards significantly for caregivers who have been working to provide care without adequate staffing in their departments, many of them struggling to make ends meet with chronically low wages.

The new contract gives the union members a 4% market rate adjustment increase. 

Over the two-year span of the contract, workers' wages will increase up to 17%, with the majority of McKenzie-Willamette workers seeing a more than 12% wage increase. 

Article Comments

Eugene
Overcast
49° wxIcon
Hi: 60° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 45°
Corvallis
Overcast
52° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 48°
Feels Like: 52°
Roseburg
Overcast
46° wxIcon
Hi: 62° Lo: 47°
Feels Like: 46°
North Bend
Overcast
52° wxIcon
Hi: 58° Lo: 49°
Feels Like: 52°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST