Officials from Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) and the Communications Workers of America (CWA) and United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) unions, which represents nursing positions at St. Luke’s Hospital and technical and service/maintenance jobs at St. Luke’s and St. Elizabeth, have reached an agreement on a new three-year contract. CWA/UFCW presented the details of the contract to its membership who ratified the contract on July 21st, 2022.
“We are pleased to reach this agreement with CWA/UFCW after a positive negotiation period,” said Darlene Stromstad, FACHE, president/CEO of MVHS. “Our nurses and staff have gone above and beyond during an extremely difficult time in healthcare and have shown great resilience and caring. This contract not only makes significant investments in these employees through increased wages and specialty pay (i.e. holiday pay), but it also creates standard job titles, pay grades and benefits across the campuses. This is critical for our move into one hospital with the opening of the Wynn Hospital next year. I want to thank the CWA/UFCW leadership for their willingness to work toward a positive outcome for our employees and the organization.”