Contact: Nancee Long
(Aberdeen, Washington – Dec. 12, 2016) – Grays Harbor Community Hospital will be giving a 2 percent across-the-board wage increase to all United Food and Commercial Workers (USFW) employees effective Dec. 4. This offer was accepted by the UFCW last week and will be seen on the employee’s Dec. 23 paycheck.
“Because of the length of time we have spent at the bargaining table and to acknowledge the patience of our staff, I, along with our leadership team, felt it was important to recognize the hard work and accomplishments of our staff this Christmas,” said Tom Jensen, CEO of Grays Harbor Community Hospital. “It is my hope that we will be able to conclude our negotiations soon after we reconvene at the table Jan. 20, 2017.”
The UCFW has accepted this offer with the understanding that by agreeing to this increase neither the union nor the hospital are waiving their current wage proposals and both sides will continue to negotiate over the timing and amount of wage increases for unit employees during the term of a new contract in addition to other open items.
This wage offer had no conditions attached and was merely an offer to bring some cheer this holiday season.