Nearly 5,000 health care workers who are members of the state’s largest health care union have voted to ratify a new three-year labor agreement with Boston-based Steward Health Care System, which operates for-profit hospitals in Eastern Massachusetts, the union said Tuesday.
The union is 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, which represents more than 400,000 health care workers throughout Massachusetts, New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Florida, and Washington, D.C.
The pact covers a broad range of service, clerical, and technical employees at eight Steward hospitals, including St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center in Brighton, Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton, Carney Hospital in Dorchester, and Quincy Medical Center, the union said.
“This agreement is a victory for health care workers and includes provisions that will continue to improve and reward the remarkable care that 1199SEIU caregivers at Steward hospitals deliver to our communities,” 1199SEIU executive vice president Veronica Turner said in a statement.
The new labor agreement includes a guaranteed 2 percent increase each year for three years, totaling a 6 percent increase during the life of the contract for employees of Steward who are members of the health care union, 1199SEIU, the union said.
“We strongly support our SEIU employees, and we are proud to offer competitive wages and affordable health care benefits,” a Steward spokeswoman said. “More broadly, we are honored to work with them in the advancement of social justice in health care.”
Other hospitals covered by the contract include Norwood Hospital, Holy Family Hospital in Methuen, Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill, and Morton Hospital in Taunton, the union said.
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