BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) — The new three-year agreement between Kaleida Health and the CWA Local 1168 and 1199SEIU unions has been ratified.

It covers more than 6,300 healthcare workers at the following facilities:

  • Buffalo General Medical Center
  • Oishei Children’s Hospital
  • Millard Fillmore Suburban Hospital
  • Highpointe on Michigan
  • DeGraff Medical Park
  • various community-based clinics

These workers include nurses, as well as clinical, professional, technical, service, dietary and clerical staff.

“This contract is a huge win for our members who have been struggling to care for patients amidst serious staffing issues and a nationwide worker shortage,” CWA Local 1168 President Cori Gambini said. “We fought hard to ensure there were no compromises made, which is a testament to the tireless efforts of our members whose top priority has always been their patients.”

The breakdown of those who voted in favor of ratification looks like this:

  • 1199SEIU: 91 percent
  • CWA Local 1168: 74 percent

Included in the new contract is the addition of 500 full-time positions. Also, all union members will get a compounded minimum 12 percent general wage increase over the next three years.

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