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
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.