AFSCME Local 1252 Members Make Gains

Local 1252 members ratify contract by overwhelming margin in drive-through voting

The members of AFSCME Local 1252, representing the staff at OhioHealth O’Bleness Memorial Hospital in Athens ratified an agreement that improved wages and benefits for more than 350 nurses, respiratory technicians and other health care professionals and support personal covered by the new 2-year agreement.  

In addition to an average wage increase of 3 percent each year, the contract maintained current benefits along with fully-employer paid AFSCME Ohio Care Plan coverage including dental, prescription drug, vision, life insurance and Care Plan Teledoc – which enables members to talk to a doctor able to consult, diagnose and prescribe over the phone at no cost. 

Improvements to the current contract include the addition of 12 weeks paid maternity leave, and in addition paid sick time, short-term disability leave at 70% pay, and 80 hours of bereavement leave. 

“The committee did a great job and we made some big gains that are important to our members,” said Union President Pat Waller. “A large portion of our members are women and the addition of paid maternity leave is a huge improvement over relying on sick leave as we did in the previous contact,” she said.

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