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UM Hospital, labor union reach deal for pay raises, better benefits

University of Miami Hospital, pictured in 2011, and its labor union recently reached a three-year deal that will bring pay raises and better benefits for an estimated 2,100 hospital workers, said Service Employees International Union Local 1199. The collective bargaining agreement covers only hospital staff and does not include workers at UM’s other healthcare facilities.
University of Miami Hospital, pictured in 2011, and its labor union recently reached a three-year deal that will bring pay raises and better benefits for an estimated 2,100 hospital workers, said Service Employees International Union Local 1199. The collective bargaining agreement covers only hospital staff and does not include workers at UM’s other healthcare facilities. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Three weeks after University of Miami Hospital began layoffs in its management ranks, the hospital’s labor union announced this week that it has reached a deal with administrators that includes pay raises and better benefits for an estimated 2,100 hospital workers.

The collective bargaining agreement between Service Employees International Union Local 1199 and the University of Miami Health System covers only UM Hospital workers and not those at any of UHealth’s outpatient facilities and other hospitals, including Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

The three-year agreement will boost wages, working conditions and patient care at the 560-bed hospital, according to SEIU officials, including raising the minimum pay for union workers to $11 an hour and a 2 percent increase for all full- and part-time employees. Depending on job classification and experience, some workers could see bigger raises.

Dequasia Canales, an SEIU spokeswoman, said the new agreement also outlines steps to increase communication and collaboration between hospital staff and management in an effort to improve patient care and outcomes.

“We try to work as much as we possibly can to make sure when changes happen in the UHealth system, employees are involved in those changes,” she said.

About three weeks ago, UM Hospital began layoffs for an undetermined number of employees, though most of those have been management positions, including nurse administrators and an associate vice president.

Daniel Chang: 305-376-2012, @dchangmiami

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