Stanford Hospital, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital agree with SEIU on contract for 1,400 workers

San Francisco Business Times, September 1, 2011

Two major hospitals affiliated with Stanford University, Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, say they’re reached a new three-year contract agreement with employees represented by SEIU’s United Healthcare Workers West local.

 The union represents 1,404 of the nearly 10,500 staffers at the hospitals, including housekeepers, food service workers, nursing assistants, and technicians. Workers ratified the contract in an Aug. 31 vote, the hospitals said.

 The new agreement includes a 7.5 percent wage increase over the course of the contract, increased employee-match pension contributions, and an increase in the number of workers who are eligible to sign up for a Kaiser Permanente HMO plan, or equivalent, at no cost, according to officials at Stanford and Lucile Packard.

 Dale Spartz, Stanford Hospital’s vice president of human resources, and Greg Souza, his counterpart at Lucile Packard, said in a joint statement that the new contract, which takes effect immediately, “preserves the hospitals’ ability to maintain high quality patient care and provides employees with competitive wages and benefits.”

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