Members of AFSCME Local 3360 at Cleveland’s MetroHealth Hospital came away from the bargaining table with a strong contract that includes wage increases and breakthroughs on several long-standing issues.
Topping the list of gains are 2 percent across-the-board pay raises in each year of the three-year contract covering 1,900 bargaining unit members. In addition, the union won a long overdue increase in the shift differential for second and third shift workers, raising the sift premium from 60 to 80 cents per hour.
“And we made real progress on mandatory overtime and sick leave for employees with a contagious disease,” said AFSCME Local 3360 President Julie Albers.
According to Albers, the union was able to win employees the right to refuse mandatory overtime once a year with no discipline. “You may have tickets to a concert or be in a childcare crunch so this will be a big help. And it also holds the administration accountable to plan staffing better,” Albers said.
Sick leave policy changes now protect workers who have a contagious disease like a strep infection or pink eye from burning through their sick leave while quarantined. “Now, with a doctor’s note, they will only be charged for the first eight hours they are off, even if it takes two or three days to fully recover,” Albers said.
In addition to Albers, The negotiating committee included Melanie Salem, Robin Lagorin, Michael Lancaster, Julie Albers, Kevin Smith, Theodor Jefferson, Michelle Sigler, and Roosevelt Jamison.
(L to R) Melanie Salem, Robin Lagorin, Michael Lancaster, Julie Albers, Kevin Smith, Theodor Jefferson, Michelle Sigler, and Roosevelt Jamison.