April 12, 2017
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Williamsville, NY – Delivering on their Members’ request to “hold the line” on the cost of their health care benefits, Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1122 announced today (Tuesday, April 11th) that Unionized Caregivers employed by the Visiting Nurses Association of Western New York (VNA) have “overwhelmingly ratified” a new three-year contract.
The final vote of 190-to-6 amounted to a 97% margin, CWA Local 1122 Area Vice President/West Lynne O’Brien told WNYLaborToday.com. The contract will expire on March 31st, 2020. CWA Local 1122 represents a total of 650 Workers who are employed by the VNA across Western New York.
“We ‘fought very hard to getting everything we got,’” O’Brein told Your On-Line Labor Newspaper. “We met with our Members in each of the ten (Western New York) counties that we serve (educating on what was negotiated in the agreement) and they are ‘very happy.’ Everyone told (the Union) to ‘hold the line, especially when it came to our health care benefits.’”
The new contract features a 7.75% wage increase over the life of the three-year pact, as well as “no changes” in the VNA’s health care benefit plan for its CWA-represented Workers, as well as several other improvements, including exposure to bed bugs during home visits and bereavement leave coverings the death of grandparents and grandchildren, she said.