BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - Since Monday, over 7,000 Kaleida Health employees who comprise three separate unions have cast ballots on whether to authorize on strike. Wednesday night, the votes were tallied.
The union bargaining committee has received strike authorization from Kaleida Health employees. If a deal isn't reached by the time their contract expires on June 21, the unions can give a 10-day notice before hitting the picket lines.
Michael P. Hughes, Kaleida Health spokesman said, "A strike authorization vote is a frequently utilized tactic by unions in negotiations. It allows (but does not require), via their by-laws and constitutions, the union bargaining committee to call a strike after the contract expires, if they deem a work stoppage is necessary."
"We are willing to do what is necessary to protect the patients, our families and our communities. It is my hope, that Kaleida will not force us to strike, and that they will get back to business of bargaining a fair contract," said SEIU 1199 rank and file member Antonella Rotilio.
The union and Kaleida Health resume negotiations on Friday.
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