TMH service workers ratify labor agreement

WARREN – Trumbull Memorial Hospital service workers represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2804 ratified a new contract with the hospital, hospital officials announced Wednesday.

According to a hospital statement, the agreement will expire March 31, 2016. No terms were released, and a message left Wednesday seeking comment with the AFSCME staff rep wasn’t immediately returned.

“With this new agreement, the hospitals of ValleyCare Health System of Ohio have successfully concluded five new labor agreements since November 2012,” Trish Hrina, vice president of marketing and public relations said in a prepared statement.

Ongoing talks with the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association / Ohio Nurses Association representing about 400 registered nurses at Northside Medical Center in Youngstown, also a ValleyCare Hospital, is the only labor organization working without a labor agreement after their contract expired in July.

ONA Local president Eric Williams said Wednesday another bargaining session is scheduled for early May with a federal mediator and hospital officials. When asked about the possibility of a work stoppage, Williams said only that “all our options are open.”

Hrina said the hospital has made proposals consistent with those ratified by other represented employees, including another ONA unit.

Other ValleyCare pacts ratified included:

l Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital employees represented by AFSCME Local 2288, ratified March 26;

l Trumbull Memorial Hospital employees represented by the Service Employees International Union ratified Dec. 18;

l Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital employees represented by the Ohio Nurses Association ratified Dec. 19;

l Trumbull Memorial Hospital registered nurses represented by AFSCME Local 2026 ratified Nov. 14.

According to Hrina, all five labor agreements have similar terms, and each includes annual wage increases, as well as comprehensive benefits including health insurance.

“These agreements have all been reached through productive and respectful discussions during the collective bargaining process,” Hrina said.