Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

WVU Hospitals Labor Union Signals Strike ; Existing Contract Ends Dec. 31 for Roughly 900 Employees

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

WVU Hospitals Labor Union Signals Strike ; Existing Contract Ends Dec. 31 for Roughly 900 Employees

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Union workers at West Virginia University Hospitals gave notice Thursday of a possible 10-day strike if the union cannot reach an agreement with WVUH. The existing agreement will expire Dec. 31, and if a tentative pact is not in place by noon on Jan. 1, union members would begin the strike.

The union voted down the most recent contract offer from the agency earlier this week. Chris Cordwell, business manager for Laborers' Local Union 814, which has approximately 900 members working at WVUH, including clinical associates, materials handlers and workers in housekeeping, transport, sterile processing and other areas, said issues at stake include possible increases in health insurance premiums and deductibles for workers. There also are concerns over wages, he said.

"We're trying to keep benefits where we can afford 'em, Cordwell said. …

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