OSWEGO/FULTON – Officials at St. Luke Health Services in Oswego and Michaud Residential Health Services in Fulton announced Friday (Sept. 19) that tentative contract agreements have been reached with Service Employees International Union (SEIU 1199) Upstate.
SEIU 1199 represents service and maintenance employees at both facilities. St. Luke and Michaud are affiliated not-for-profit, community-based healthcare organizations.
“We are pleased that the work of all the parties involved in negotiations has resulted in tentative agreements,” said Greg Osetek, director of Community Relations at St. Luke. “To continue to deliver the quality healthcare that St. Luke and Michaud are known for in our community, we need to be able to operate our not-for-profit affiliate organizations in a fiscally responsible manner. We believe these agreements allow us to accomplish this, and are fair and equitable for our hard-working employees.”
Details of the tentative agreements were not available, pending final approval by the St. Luke/Michaud Board of Directors and ratification by union members.
The new three-year agreements were reached after numerous negotiating sessions over the past six months aimed at finalizing a contract for employees in the collective bargaining units at each respective facility.
The previous contract agreements expired July 31.