JUNEAU (AP) -- The union representing Bartlett Regional Hospital workers has accepted a new contract that will increase staff pay during the next three years.
The hospital's board of directors this week unanimously approved the three-year contract with the International and Warehouse Union, Alaska Local 200, Health Care Unit 2201.
Bargaining unit president Dony Cryts said the new contract was approved on an 82 percent vote.
The unit represents more than 355 of Bartlett's 440 employees, including those who work in nursing, pharmacy, laboratory, patient access services, housekeeping, medical records, billing, admitting, diagnostic imaging and dietary, along with the Juneau Recovery Hospital.
Although negotiations did go to mediation, the bargaining unit is pleased with the outcome, Cryts said.
''A lot of people put in a lot of work on this,'' he said.
The contract includes a 3 percent wage increase in the first year, a 3.3 percent increase in the second year and a 4 percent increase in the third year for some employees, depending on their position.
Other employees will see a $1,000 cash payment the first year, a $1,300 payment the second year and a $1,700 payment in year three, they said.
For virtually all employees who will receive the cash increase, it is equivalent to or greater than the percentage increase, said Mark Beattie, Bartlett's human resources administrator.
In another change, the new contract calls for full-time employees to make a $27 health insurance contribution each pay period in the second year of the contract and $30 per pay period in the third year. Currently, employees are not asked to contribute.
Bartlett is owned by the city, but managed by Tennesee-based Quorum Health Resources.
The new contract took effect this week and expires Dec. 31, 2004.
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