Deal Calls for Pay Hikes for Patient-Care Workers at UC Hospitals
Patient-care workers at UC hospitals will see pay increases of at least 26% over the next four years under a tentative agreement reached with UC officials on Sunday, the Contra Costa Times reports (Krupnick, Contra Costa Times, 10/20).
The contract also would:
- Guarantee collective bargaining on employee pension and health care benefits;
- Provide overtime after an eight-hour shift and double time after a 12-hour shift; andÂ
- Establish a minimum hourly wage of $14.50 for patient-care workers by the end of the contract (Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 10/20).
The proposed contract would replace a contract that expired in October 2007 between UC and about 11,500 patient-care workers represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, Local 3299 (Schevitz, San Francisco Chronicle, 10/21).The pact now goes before the union members for a vote.Â If approved, the contract will run through September of 2012 (Contra Costa Times, 10/20). This is part of the California Healthline Daily Edition, a summary of health policy coverage from major news organizations. Sign up for an email subscription.