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OMC, largest union reach labor deal

March 12th, 2014 - 6:14am

(PORT ANGELES) Negotiations between Olympic Medical Center and the SEIU 1199 that represents nurses, service and dietary employees have reached a settlement for a new, three-year contract.

The new agreements combine the dietary and service workers into one contract. Dietary workers will also get a two and a half percent pay raise as a market adjustment this year.

The rest of the contract brings a one percent pay raise for all workers in each year of the contract. OMC Chief Human Resources Officer chief human resources officer Richard Newman says the contract recognizes the work of the employees, but also reflects the reality that OMC is facing tough budget times.

SEIU ratified the contracts back on March 5th and 6th, and OMC's board of commissioners approved the contracts on March 10th, at a special board meeting. This round of negotiations were quiet compared to the last time in 2011 when nurses threatened to strike.

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