August 29, 2011 -
Olympic Medical Center has reached a three-year agreement with UFCW Local 21 Pro Tech and the 168 employees it represents. Olympic Medical’s Board of Commissioners approved the contract today, August 26; the final terms of the contract were approved on August 24 by members of the Pro Tech Unit.
UFCW Local 21 represents 344 employees in the Clerical, Pro Tech, Laundry, Home Health and Centralized Billing Office (CBO) groups. Negotiations with the three remaining UFCW units (125 additional employees: Clerical, Laundry and CBO) are underway and will resume September 1 with both parties expecting to negotiate an agreement that will encompass all three groups. UFCW Home Health employees (50 employees) settled a three-year contract in spring 2011.
The new contract with the Pro Tech Unit provides for competitive wage increases, especially in the current recessionary climate, over the course of three years, while recognizing Olympic Medical Center’s need to reduce an unsustainable benefit cost structure. Contract details include modest increases to employee’s cost share for medical insurance for their spouses and dependents, and a revised – yet still very competitive – retirement plan. The terms of this offer will be applied equally to management employees.
Olympic Medical Center (Clallam County Public Hospital District No. 2) is a comprehensive, award-winning health care provider for more than 70,000 residents of Clallam County. It has served the community since its establishment on Nov. 1, 1951, and is governed by a seven-member, publicly elected board. OMC is a sole community hospital and rural referral center. It provides inpatient services at its 80-bed acute-care facility in Port Angeles, including a level-three trauma designated emergency department, surgical services, and labor and delivery. OMC’s outpatient services include cardiac, imaging, physical therapy and rehabilitation, laboratory, sleep medicine, surgical services, home health, physician clinics and comprehensive regional cancer care at locations in Port Angeles and Sequim.