October 6, 2016
By Stephanie West
New York, NY – Callen-Lorde workers in New York City have ratified their first contract with 1199SEIU.
The terms of the three-year contract include improvements to employee wages, a new pay scale and pay differentials. Additionally, Callen-Lorde has agreed to participate in the union’s training program.
David Kranz, Director of 1199SEIU’s Professional and Technical Department, and chief negotiator for this contract, said: “We are very happy to have negotiated a fair contract which creates fair and just wage scales, recognizes employees’ experience, and extends existing no-cost health care to these dedicated health care workers. Most importantly, this is a contract which gives employees due process and truly empowers them in their relationship with management, which will in turn allow for a true partnership to further the mission of Callen-Lorde in serving New York City’s LGBTQ community and beyond. We truly believe this contract lays the basis of a healthy alliance between 1199 and Callen-Lorde which will serve the patients well.”
Nearly 200 Callen-Lorde employees at the center’s two locations in Chelsea voted to join 1199 in January 2015. As care shifts to community settings in the big apple, caregivers in community settings are joining 1199 to ensure good, middle-class jobs and the highest quality of care.
Callen-Lorde management was also pleased to enter into a collaborative relationship with 1199SEIU. “We are pleased to be able to offer enhanced benefits and compensation packages to our employees, all of whom work tirelessly to achieve our core mission of providing sensitive and quality health care and supportive services to New York’s LGBTQ communities and those living with HIV, regardless of ability to pay,” said Wendy Stark, Callen-Lorde’s Executive Director.