SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Four-hundred hospital workers at the McKenzie-Willamette Medical Center voted to approve a new union contract late on Friday, Sept. 6.
The new two-year contract came days before a planned three-day unfair labor practice strike that would have taken place Sept. 10 through Sept. 12.
SEIU Local 49 said the new contract raises standards significantly for caregivers who have been working to provide care without adequate staffing in their departments, many of them struggling to make ends meet with chronically low wages.
The new contract gives the union members a 4% market rate adjustment increase.
Over the two-year span of the contract, workers' wages will increase up to 17%, with the majority of McKenzie-Willamette workers seeing a more than 12% wage increase.