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SEIU Local 49 and Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) are pleased to announce that a new contract for hospital workers has been settled for the next three years. Highlights of the contract include wage increases, additional PTO, maintained health benefits, and a significant increase in educational opportunities for advancement and career progression at CMH.

This union contract covers over 450 healthcare employees from across dozens of services, professional and technical job classifications at Columbia Memorial Hospital and Clinics. The positions are across the care spectrum and include; pharmacists, respiratory therapists, speech pathologists, certified nurses assistants (CNAs), medical assistants (MAs), patient registration, and housekeeping and dietary staff.

“We are very pleased with the contract, especially the opportunity to be a part of the SEIU Education Fund,” said Nicole Williams, CMH COO. “Tuition reimbursement for college courses and CEUs/CMEs, career counseling and programs to qualify members for much-needed health care positions make this a win-win situation for both the SEIU 49 caregivers and CMH.”

“Our 450 plus union members remained strong and united to achieve a contract with improved wages, additional paid time off, and access to the SEIU Education Fund and greater career opportunities,” said Lonn Martin, housekeeper, CMH. “We look forward to the positive impact settling our contract will have on patient care and our community.”

The SEIU 49 bargaining team and CMH administration settled a contract, which was overwhelmingly ratified on April 29 by SEIU 49 members. In a year of pandemic concerns and unexpected hurdles, this commitment to focus on quality patient care is crucial.

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