BUFFALO, N.Y. — Catholic Health and CWA Union members say they have reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract.
If the new contracts are ratified, it would end a strike that has continued for more than a month.
Catholic Health says the agreement is on six contracts covering close to 2,500 associates. Mark Sullivan, Catholic Health's CEO, says it addresses both wage and staffing concerns brought by the union.
“We listened to our associates and their primary concerns were market-competitive wages and increased staffing,” said Sullivan. “These new contracts address both and more. We are ready to welcome our caregivers back to Mercy Hospital.”
Catholic Health says the strike ending would mean Mercy Hospital will be releasing a plan to restore services that were temporarily suspended.
CWA union officials say the contracts ensure a minimum $15 an hour minimum wage and will preserve health and retirement benefit plans.
Ratification meetings will be held to inform CWA union members of the details of the tentative agreement this Saturday and Sunday. The union says the goal is to get workers back to their jobs by next Wednesday.