WVU Hospitals, Union Approve Five-Year Pact

Wages will rise by $2.04 per hour by end of contract

MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – West Virginia University Hospitals and Local 814 of the Laborers’ International Union have agreed to a five year contract that will increase wages by at least $2.04 per hour for all covered workers by 2010.

The pact was approved by a vote of union members Thursday, and will be effective retroactively to Jan. 1, 2006.

Union employees employed before that date will receive 40 cents per hour in back pay to Jan. 1, which will be paid in a lump sum in the next few weeks.  On Jan. 1, 2007, wages will be adjusted upward another 40 cents. There will be a similar raise in 2008, and 42 cents per hour raises in 2009 and 2010.

“In our growing community we have experienced an increase in living costs and an increase in competition for workers for entry-level positions,” said Bruce McClymonds, president and CEO of the hospital. “We are determined that WVU Hospitals will be the employee of choice in this community, and this agreement will allow us to compete in the marketplace for the best employees. This contract is good for the hospital, good for the employees, and most importantly, good for our patients.”

As of Jan. 1, 2007, the minimum entry wage for any job in the hospital’s Morgantown facilities, whether or not covered by a union contract, will reach $8 per hour, McClymonds said.

In addition to the across-the-board increases, the contract upgrades the pay in several classifications that had fallen behind market rates. Those upgrades will add 23 to 37 cents per hour to wages for those employees.

The contract covers about 900 union members.

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For more information:
Bill Case, HSC News Service, (304) 293-7087

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