Management Take-Backs Taken Off the Table
Following a May 8 ratification vote, more than 350 members of 1199SEUI at Greater Baltimore Medical Center will receive an immediate bonus and a one percent wage increase, followed by another one percent increase on Dec. 1 under an agreement with hospital management.
The contract protects union members’ health insurance coverage, holding costs down and slightly decreasing costs for the most popular coverage. Union members also won GBMC’s continued participation in the 1199SEIU Training and Upgrading Fund, which had been among the numerous management take-backs that were originally put forward but were beaten back by workers at the bargaining table.
“This is my third time being on the bargaining committee, and this was by far the toughest,” explained Sheila Saunders, a unit secretary at GBMC. “But the members stood together and we stayed united. And it paid off. It really shows there’s power in numbers. We got a great settlement!”
The new contract also improves job security and sick leave language, and increases shift differential pay. The contract covers member professionals in dietary, environmental services, nursing, central sterile,
materials and transportation. As with the contract recently ratified at Johns Hopkins Medical Center, the BGMC contract is for the period of one year, expiring April 2014.