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Guaranteed hospital jobs.

The Beth Israel Medical Center and Local 1199 of the Drug, Hospital and Health Care Employees Union negotiated a 40-month collective bargaining agreement, covering about 3,000 hospital workers in New York City. The early settlement, which may influence the union's upcoming negotiations with the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes, called for guaranteed jobs, free medical benefits, and labor-management cooperation in recruitment, training, and patient care.

Beth Israel, a member of the League, which is the bargaining agent for 38 health care institutions in New York City and Long Island, opted to bargain separately from other League members, as the hospital did in the last round of negotiations in 1989. The settlement was a "very new approach and... [was] made possible because of a very specific set of circumstances at Beth Israel Medical Center," the medical center's president said. The agreement demonstrated a "commonality of interests... the most productive way to enhance revenues and economize on costs," he added.

Terms of the agreement provided for:

* guaranteed jobs for all. current and newly hired employees for the term of the agreement;

* establishment of a preferred provider health care plan at the hospital at no cost to employees with medical benefits provided by Beth Israel;

* employer contributions to the union's child care fund set at O. 2 percent of payroll in July 1992, advancing to 0.3 percent in July 1993 and 0.5 percent in July 1994;

* increasedemployercontributions to the union's pension fund, if needed, to maintain the current level of pension benefits;

* creation of two joint committees. The first will develop employee training programs and increase employee participation in improving patient care and the structure of health care delivery, and the second panel will examine issues related to a "family-friendly" workplace, and safety and health, housing, and hiring and promotion policies;

* a "me-too" clause that matches the greater of the wage increases that the union may negotiate in contract talks scheduled with the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes or the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York;

* expedited mediation/arbitration procedures; and

* a pledge of neutrality by the hospital in organizing efforts by Local 1199 at Beth Israel.
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Title Annotation:labor contract of Beth Israel Medical Center and Drug, Hospital and Health Care Employees Union
Author:Cimini, Michael H.; Behrmann, Susan L.
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Date:May 1, 1992
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