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Tentative agreement reached at Quincy Medical Center will restore many sacrifice (english)
11 Mar 2003
Modified: 02:52:36 PM
Employees will vote to ratify new contract on Friday, March 14
March 10, 2003
Quincy – After months of hard contract negotiations with Quincy Medical Center management, the hospital workers negotiating committee has reached a tentative agreement for a new two-year contract.

The proposed contract would restore many of the wage and benefit cuts made by employees back in 1999 when the hospital was on the brink of closing. Most significantly, the hospital has agreed to partially restore the old formula for ‘earned time’ that affects employee vacations, personal and sick time.

The hospital will again allow part time employees to accrue earned time for hours actually worked and it will also restore “on call” pay to four hours and premium pay for three holidays.

All members will receive three percent raises during each year of the agreement; with many employees benefiting from negotiated market adjustments that will further increase their pay.

Workers were not able to convince hospital managers to institute a new pension plan to replace the one that members lost three years ago.

“We recognized that the hospital is still in a precarious financial position,” said Gale Martell, a medical technologist in the hospital’s laboratory and one of the leaders of the union negotiating committee. “But management knows that the pension issue is not going to go away. They’ve just put it off for another two years.”

“We rallied and picketed,” added Martell. “We lobbied our elected officials and attended city council meetings. We were ready to strike if necessary. I think our unity and perseverance sent a message that QMC management could not ignore.”
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Our Freedoms (english)
11 Mar 2003
"“We rallied and picketed,” added Martell. “We lobbied our elected officials and attended city council meetings"


God Bless The USA
No sarcasm implied (english)
11 Mar 2003
oh, the government has never interferred with organizing efforts.
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