GLOVERSVILLE, NY – Healthcare workers at Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home in Gloversville, New York, represented by 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement just as communities across the state are facing a surge in COVID-19 cases. On Monday, November 16, the 321 healthcare workers voted overwhelmingly in favor of the contract. The previous contract expired almost two years ago; the new agreement is effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023.
“We have come to an equitable agreement at a pivotal time,” affirmed Sean Fadale, FACHE, Nathan Littauer Hospital & Nursing Home’s President and CEO. “As the holidays approach, I want the community to know they are in good hands at Nathan Littauer. We are excited we reached an agreement so we can continue to focus on the organization’s future. As this contract illustrates, we are a community hospital focused on unity and compassion. We strive to be fair to all employees allowing us to deliver outstanding patient care.”
“This agreement proves that the dedicated Nathan Littauer healthcare workers are respected and valued for all that they do,” said Maureen Tomlinson, 1199SEIU Vice President in the Capital Region. “The agreed upon raises and wage increases indicate that we were heard when we said two important things: we need to be able to take care of our own families at the same time we care for others and Nathan Littauer must be able to attract and retain qualified staff. It is clear that when we work together, we can tackle even the most difficult challenges and there are many ahead. Together, we are prepared.”
The two sides announced a four-year agreement that provides annual raises across the board to 1199 members, as well as base wage increases in certain job categories, which will help attract new employees. The workers will maintain their health and pension benefits through the 1199SEIU National Benefit Fund, which is one of the most comprehensive joint labor-management funds in the nation.
“Especially now, as we face a COVID-19 wave in our community, I am proud of this outcome,” explained Lana E. Wydra, PHR, SHRM-CP and Vice President of Human Resources for Littauer. “This agreement honors our employees, and the organization’s mission. Looking ahead, we are working toward a common goal: a strong workforce coupled with outstanding clinical outcomes to help keep our community safe.”
“The hospital has been very successful in treating our neighbors with COVID-19 and will strive to keep our patients and staff safe during the challenging months ahead,” adds Fadale. “We invite our region to join us in that quest, by masking and following safety guidelines.”
Littauer employees covered by the 1199 bargaining unit are technical and service employees, including licensed practical nurses, certified nursing assistants, environmental services, nutritional services, lab and pharmacy technicians, diagnostic imaging services, engineering staff and others.
“This is a great accomplishment as we continue to care for our community,” said Fadale. He went on to say, “Littauer and its employees can confidently move forward as one workforce.”
ABOUT 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East
1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East is the largest and fastest-¬growing healthcare union in the nation, with over 450,000 nurses and caregivers throughout Massachusetts, New York, New Jersey, Maryland, Washington, D.C. and Florida. For more information please visit www.1199seiu.org.
ABOUT Nathan Littauer Hospital and Nursing Home
Nathan Littauer Hospital and Family of Health Services serves Fulton, Montgomery, and Hamilton counties in upstate New York with a full-service, 74-bed acute care hospital, nine primary care centers, a nursing home and a community education center. The hospital was founded in 1894 and has 1,000 employees. For more information, please visit www.nlh.org.