ValleyCare workers get raises, nurses get voice in staffing levels

By William K. Alcorn


Registered nurses at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital will receive across-the-board pay increases in each of the three years of a new work agreement with ValleyCare Health System of Ohio.

The 20 nurses who ratified their contract Dec. 21, 2012, will get a 2.75 percent pay hike the first year, 2.5 percent the second year and 2 percent the final year of the pact, said Atty. Kelly Trautner, Ohio Nurses Association deputy executive officer.

The contract also gives the nurses a voice in staffing levels at Hillside through guaranteed participation in a staffing advisory committee, Trautner said. The effective date of the contract is Nov. 30, 2012.

Trumbull Memorial Hospital service employees, represented by the Service Employees International Union, also ratified a new collective- bargaining contract with ValleyCare, which expires Jan. 31, 2016, according to Trish Hrina, ValleyCare marketing director.

Details about the contract were not available Friday. ValleyCare referred queries to SEIU, and calls to the union were not answered.

“We have reached mutually acceptable agreements with the ONA at Hillside Rehabilitation Hospital and SEIU at Trumbull Memorial Hospital and their represented employees through a productive collective-bargaining process,” Hrina said. “The professionalism and commitment of our employees is a key part of our ability to provide quality, personalized care for our patients.”

The two new contracts at Hillside and TMH follow ratification of a new three-year contract late in 2012 by registered nurses at TMH, represented by American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 2026.

The TMH nurses contract, which was effective Nov. 1, 2012, and expires Oct. 31, 2015, includes across-the-board pay increases of 2.5 percent the first year and 2 percent each of the last two years, or reinstitution of longevity-step increases, whichever is greater, Thomas Connelly, Local 2026 president, said.

Registered nurses at ValleyCare Northside Medical Center, represented by the Youngstown General Duty Nurses Association/ONA, however, remain without a contract. The YGDNA’s contract expired July 19, 2012.

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