Two bargaining units approve new deal with Mercy Health

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Bargaining units representing striking technical and support staff at Mercy Health St. Vincent’s Medical Center struck a deal Sunday night on new contracts.

Services members approved the new contract by 62 percent while technical staff passed it by 84 percent.

Workers from both units will begin to head back to work starting on Monday. The nurse’s union remains on strike.

Mercy Health issued the following statement regarding the deal:

"Mercy Health – St. Vincent Medical Center and Children’s Hospital appreciates that our UAW-represented Service and Technical associates ratified our updated contract proposal. We are grateful for the opportunity to reach a solution that allows us to move forward together.

We appreciate the ability to work with our associates’ respective bargaining committees at UAW Local 12 and with union leadership. After 10 months of negotiations – and with the help of a federal mediator – we were able to come together on a fair proposal. The agreement provides pay raises and other improvements while addressing associates’ concerns on issues like on-call and healthcare benefits.

We understand this has been a challenging time for those involved, but we look forward to our ability to come back together to continue serving our community, as we have for 163 years. We are coordinating the schedule and process for Service and Technical associates’ reengagement, and those details will be available very soon. We look forward to these associates rejoining our work together in caring for our patients, their families and our community.

The RN bargaining committee – which is a separate UAW local, 2213 – chose not to allow members to vote on our offer. Therefore, given our ongoing obligations to our patients and community, we will keep moving forward with our long-term staffing plans to ensure we remain fully available to meet our community’s needs."

The UAW issued the following:

Two of the three bargaining units on strike at Mercy Health - St. Vincent Medical Center voted today and accepted the hospital’s latest offer.

They include the technical and support workers—both represented by UAW Local 12. Members of both units will begin returning to work this week.

UAW Local 2213 represents nearly 1,000 nurses who will remain on strike. One of the main points of contention is the mandatory overtime that many nurses are forced to work.

Since 2000, the number of nurses employed by Mercy went down 26 percent. Nurses said the number of patients remained about the same during the same time period but many have more complex medical needs.

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