Hospital workers net record pay raise
Workers at Alameda Hospital are celebrating a new contract that gives them 18 percent across-the-board pay raises over the next three years – the highest in the hospital’s history, according to Service Employees International Union’s United Healthcare Workers West, which represents 180 of the hospital’s employees.
“Members cheered the new contract as a hard‐won protection at a time when more than 2 million Californians are out of work,” said a “Victory Bulletin” issued by the union Friday. The contract was ratified with more than 80 percent of the vote, it said.
The contract, which also includes improved retirement pay and scheduling improvements, is retroactive to April 2008, when the workers’ last contract expired. It was not clear who the union represents at the hospital, and a representative for the union did not return an e-mail seeking the information.
The board for the publicly funded hospital still needs to vote to approve the contract. The board’s next meeting is May 4.