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5 NEWS UPDATE: Hospital Union Worker's Contract Extension Granted
Written by Jared Pelletier
Last updated on January 23, 2014 @ 6:56PM
Created on January 23, 2014 @ 6:16PM

5 NEWS UPDATE 1/23:

The following is a press release from Local 814, Laborers' International Union of North America.

WVUH, Inc. has requested an extension of the current CBA, which will extend the expiration date to Feburary 28, 2014. We have granted the extension request with the provision that pay and other benefits are guaranteed retroactive to January 1, 2014. We are in agreement and resume negotiations tomorrow, Friday, January 24, 2014.

ORIGINAL STORY 1/22:

Union workers at WVU Hospitals are still trying to negotiate a new labor deal and officials are saying the clock is ticking.

Laborers' Local Union 814 gave the Hospital a ten day strike notice on Tuesday. If progress isn't made soon employees may find themselves on the picket line.

Union representatives sent a new proposal to hospital officials on Wednesday just a day after the the strike notice was given. Union workers in hospitals are required to give a ten day notice by law.

Last year the two sides were in a similar situation, but they agreed to extend the old contract until January 31. Talks broke down a few weeks ago and now the two sides are inching closer to a stalemate.

WVU Healthcare released a statement saying, "WVU Hospitals has received another 10-day strike notice that coincides with the
expiration of the current contract extension on Jan. 31. At this time, the Union and the Hospital are continuing to negotiate. The Hospital remains optimistic that an agreement will be reached."

The Union claims it wants to avoid a strike, but it currently remains an option.

John Grossklaus is Laborers' Local Union 814 Business Manager. He said, "We're not close enough to take the strike option off the table. I don't think we've made enough progress."

The Union says it hasn't made any final decision about what to do if a deal isn't reached by the January 31 deadline.


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Comments (6)
Jan 24, 2014 at 12:58 PM
Uh, the news that SCOTUS accepted the lawsuit against the Unions from home careworkers for disabled family members is NATIONAL NEWS already. SO our local news outlets NOT reporting something we already know anyway SHOWS how they pick and choose what they want to report to us. Any intelligent THINKING person can see this clearly.
Jan 24, 2014 at 12:56 PM
Jan 24, 2014 @ 8:33 AM commenter...you can believe the earth is flat if you want to; doesn't change the FACTS or the TRUTH. Any second grader can go to the news on the web and find what I said to be the TRUTH. SCOTUS just recently this month accepted the lawsuit from home careworkers against Unions, SEIU and AFLCIO. You can believe it or not; makes no difference.
Jan 24, 2014 at 12:45 PM
I believe YOU are not very knowledgeable about what SEIU and AFL-CIO are and have been up to over past several years. Do your homework and find out if you're not up to date. The highest court, the Supreme Court of the United States just recently accepted the lawsuit against these union thugs attempting to 'force' home caretakers into becoming union members without their consent. Unions are losing membership but they're not intelligent enough to understand the 'reason' why. People don't appreciate an organization that attempts to 'force' membership and dues (which is really the reason they want and need you) upon them. Unions do nothing now for the employees. Look at how many jobs that they have caused to leave here and go elsewhere or shut down permanently. They lose people jobs. And they want the power to force ALL workers into their "Progressive" organization. Progressivism and socialism walk hand in hand. And the people are aware of this.
Jan 24, 2014 at 8:33 AM
I believe you are misinformed as to membership in Unions. No one is "forced" into Union membership. and as for your comment on Unions using "intimidation tactics and acting like mafia", come on now, get your facts straight before making such a comment! WDTV has done a very good job of reporting news as it can only report what is responsible to report. You may not believe it but some information is just not possible to share with the media while negotiations are in progress. Please just get your facts straight.... Enough said.
Jan 23, 2014 at 3:20 PM
Unions are eventually going to shut down the little jobs left in WV and other states. Just watch! Unions are using intimidation tactics and acting more and more like a mafia than a union. They need to be defunded and they are losing support even among their own "forced" members/employees. They are now using force tactics to force home caretakers to join them and are now in court. The SCOTUS already recently 'accepted' the lawyers and home caretakers who take care of mentally disabled family members fighting against such unconstitutional bully tactics. Will be watching this case as WDTV won't mention it much less report on the courts actions on it once it is finished! Local media is a joke. We have no more journalists in America. They've become lazy and inefficient reporters of important news. Now they only report on insignificant stuff.
Jan 23, 2014 at 7:56 AM
How is a strike going to affect the other union workers with all the construction going on in and around WVU Hospital? I certainly hope they will back their union brothers if a strike does actually follow failed talks.
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