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QMC clerical, maintenance and dietary workers to vote on new tentative agreement (english)
18 Mar 2003
Agreement restores many sacrifices made to keep hospital open
March 18, 2003
Quincy – After months of contract negotiations with Quincy Medical Center management, the Clerical, Maintenance and Dietary workers’ negotiating committee has reached a tentative agreement for a new two-year contract with the hospital.

The proposed contract would restore some 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 add an additional ‘earned time’ day for all accrual steps. Earned time affects employees vacation, personal and sick time.

The hospital will restore a personal day for clerical workers after September 30, 2004. Clericals workers with 12 years or more of seniority will also benefit from a new three percent step increase that goes into effect October 1, 2003.

All members will receive a three percent across-the-board raise retroactive to October 1, 2002 and a second a three percent across-the-board raise on February 1, 2004.

The contract – covering about 150 employees – has stronger workers’ rights language that closely mirrors what the technical and professional employees have.

QMC techs and pros overwhelming ratify new contract
In a ratification vote held March 14, technical and professional employees ratified the tentative agreement reached by their union negotiating committee on March 7 by 85 percent. About 350 employees are in the technical and professional bargaining unit.

While neither group was able to win a pension plan, the hospital has guaranteed in writing that if it negotiates an employer contribution to the existing 403b plan or sets up a new plan, both bargaining units will receive it.

Both contracts are set to expire September 30, 2004.
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