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Presbyterian home employees stage picket, negotiations ongoing

Presbyterian Home employees picketed outside the Middle Settlement Road facility Tuesday.

Posted: Jan 8, 2019 5:57 PM

NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. -- Presbyterian Home employees picketed outside the Middle Settlement Road facility Tuesday.

Employees voted in a union back in January of 2018. Negotiations have been ongoing since then, but union officials feel talks have stalled.

Employees held an informational picket to make the public aware of how negotiations are going.

Officials at the Presbyterian Home say they've had 26 negotiations, and have reached 28 tentative agreements.

A three-year package proposal has been offered that includes, wage increases, pension, paid leave time, and health insurance.

“Our job really is to try to strike a balance between the financial viability of the center, making sure that we ensure quality health care for our residence, but also making sure our hard working, compassionate employees are compensated,” said Community Wellness Partners VP Health Services Michelle Synakowski.

“[A total of] 27 negotiations dates, which accomplished very, very little. Very, very little. They got all technical words out of the way, and when it came down to actually wages, benefits, and working conditions, they didn't give them anything,” said UFCW Local 1 Representative Vincent Cavo.

A mediation session is scheduled to take place on Monday, and negotiations are expected to continue. Both sides say the care being given at the facility will continue to be at the highest standard.

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