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Kaleida Workers Authorize Strike

(WBEN) Kaleida Health's three major labor unions, Communications Workers of America/AFL-CIO (CWA1168), International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE 17) and 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East.have authorized a strike that could see employees walk off the job at area hospitals as of June 21

After three days of voting , they unions are expected  to meet with  a federal mediator Thursday, and a strike vote gives the union the ability to call one after those talks,  if they deem it necessary.

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Cori Gambini, RN, CWA 1168 Pres.

Michael Hughes, VP, Kaleida Health

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“Kaleida Health is currently investing a half billion dollars into new construction projects. We have done our part; we are now asking Kaleida to invest in the workers, not just brick and mortar” said CWA President Cori Gambini;  R.N., in a prepared statement. .

Kaleida Health and the three unions held 30 bargaining sessions since negotiations began in March 2013.  The master bargaining agreement between Kaleida Health and the three unions covers over 7,000 employees. It was a two year contract that expired at midnight on May 31, 2013, but last week the two sides agreed to an extension until June 21.

"Management is not in favor of a work stoppage, but has contingency plans in place to ensure that we can continue to deliver safe, quality care to those that depend on us in the event the unions authorize a strike, " said hospital VP Mike Hughes.

"A strike authorization vote is a frequently utilized tactic by unions in negotiations. It allows (but does note require), via their by-laws and constitutions, the union bargaining committee to call a strike after the contract expires, if they deem a work stoppage is necessary," the hospital says in a prepared statement.

Under thier ten day notice period the earliest the workers could walk off the job is June 21.

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06/13/2013 8:16AM
Kaleida Workers Authorize Strike
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06/14/2013 2:18PM
If Kaleida and ECMC stop screwing over their workers in back room deals, what else would they do to fill their time? I hope it works out for the workers who are left in the dark on what is going to happen to their jobs......
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