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El Camino Hospital and SEIU-UHW Announce Tentative Contract Agreement

Last Updated 9/19/2012 10:29:16 AM


Agreement to Focus on Collaborative Effort to Improve Employee Health

Mountain View, CA, September 19, 2012--El Camino Hospital and the Service Employees International Union-United Health Workers, West (SEIU-UHW) today announced that a tentative agreement has been reached for a three-year contract for El Camino Hospital employees. A vote to ratify the contract is scheduled for September 19 and 20.

El Camino Hospital, SEIU-UHW and the nurses union will also collaborate in the development of a robust employee wellness initiative and work together to encourage employee participation in the program.

"Our members are focused on improving health and healthcare. That includes ways to help employees get healthy, lower costs and build a healthier community," said Dave Regan, president of SEIU-UHW. "We appreciate that El Camino Hospital leadership and the Hospital Board of Directors worked closely with us on this agreement, which not only maintains benefits, but also goes beyond traditional union issues to promote health and wellness."

Under the provisions of the tentative agreement, the new contract will provide hospital employees:
• 6 percent salary increase over the life of the contract
• Fully paid health coverage for employees and their families for the basic plan
• Improved retirement benefits
• 12 percent increase in the paid time off (PTO) accrual cap (from 350 hours to 400 hours)

"We are pleased to have reached an agreement and are encouraged by our collective commitment to build a healthier workforce, said Tomi Ryba, chief executive officer of of El Camino Hospital. "Our goal is to make it easy for employees to participate in health screening and wellness programs that will enable them to be champions of their own health."

About El Camino Hospital

El Camino Hospital is an acute-care, 443-bed, not-for-profit and locally governed organization with campuses in Mountain View and Los Gatos, Calif. In addition to state-of-the-art emergency departments, key medical specialties include heart and vascular, cancer care, urology, orthopedic and spine, neuroscience, genomic medicine, and the only Women's Hospital in Northern California. The hospital is recognized as a national leader in the use of health information technology and wireless communications, and has been awarded the Gold Seal of Approval from The Joint Commission as a Primary Stroke Center as well as back-to-back ANCC Magnet Recognitions for Nursing Care.

To learn more, visit our website, find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter, or view our videos on YouTube. For a physician referral, visit our website or call the El Camino Health Line at 800-216-5556.

About SEIU-UHW

SEIU United Healthcare Workers-West (SEIU-UHW) is the largest hospital and healthcare union in the western United States with more than 150,000 members. We unite every type of healthcare worker with a mission to achieve high-quality healthcare for all. SEIU-UHW is part of the 2.2 million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU), the nation's fastest-growing union. Learn more at www.seiu-uhw.org, "Like" us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.