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Tentative labor agreement reached at Niagara Falls nursing home

Buffalo News - 6/10/2024

Jun. 9—Workers at Schoellkopf Health Center, a nursing home attached to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, have reached a tentative agreement on a one-year contract, a spokeswoman for 1199SEIU announced.

The union, representing more than 70 licensed practical nurses, certified nurse assistants, unit clerks and laundry aides, said the tentative pact includes an average wage increase of 11%, retroactive to May 1. Some workers will receive up to a 34% pay hike.

A vote by workers to approve the contract will be held soon, the union said.

Other terms of the tentative agreement included Juneteenth and Labor Day as paid holidays, a new 10-step wage scale, and increases to pension contributions, shift differentials and dental and optical coverage, the union said.

"We are thrilled to have reached this tentative agreement," Grace Bogdanove, the union's vice president for Western New York nursing homes, said in the announcement. "Management came to the table earnestly and collaboratively to ensure that recruitment and retention were a collective priority."

Bogdanove contrasted the Schoellkopf negotiations with those at Absolut Care, which the union has accused of bargaining in bad faith. The union has called for a strike to begin Thursday morning at four Absolut nursing homes in Western New York. — Dale Anderson

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