Westerly Hospital, employee union agree on 3-year contract extension

WESTERLY HOSPITAL and United Nurses & Allied Professionals, a union group, have reached agreement on a three-year contract extension. / COURTESY WESTERLY HOSPITAL
WESTERLY HOSPITAL and United Nurses & Allied Professionals, a union group, have reached agreement on a three-year contract extension. / COURTESY WESTERLY HOSPITAL

WESTERLY – Westerly Hospital and its United Nurses & Allied Professionals unionized workers have agreed on a three-year extension to an existing collective bargaining agreement.

UNAP has over 350-members in two bargaining units working for the hospital.

The agreement was ratified this month after a negotiating period of undisclosed length.

“This follows the process that we normally do,” said Yale New Haven Health spokesman Michael O’Farrell, who, citing a decision by the two sides not to release details about the agreement, declined to offer specifics.

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Westerly is owned by Yale New Haven Health, which includes Yale New Haven Hospital among other Connecticut facilities.

The current three-year contract between Westerly Hospital and UNAP had been set to expire at the end of June in 2020. With the renewal, the end date is now June 30, 2023.

The hospital’s president and CEO, Patrick L. Green, praised the agreement as one that contributes to a positive work environment.

“Our success is a testament to the compassionate care our employees provide the patients we are privileged to serve,” Green said in a statement. “It’s a great time to be a member of the Westerly Hospital team, and this extension demonstrates our commitment to creating the ideal workplace for our associates.”

UNAP’s bargaining groups at Westerly Hospital are a professional and technical bargaining unit, which includes nurses and technologists, and a service and maintenance and a skilled maintenance unit that includes workers in food and environmental services and engineering.

“For more than 90 years, this hospital has taken care of our community,” said Jackie Desmond, a registered nurse and president of Local 5075, the professional and technical bargaining unit. “With this extension, it will bring us closer to providing a century of care. This extension is a perfect example of the commitment our members have made to this organization and to our patients.”

Judy Lawrence, president of Local 5104, the service and maintenance bargaining unit, attributed the agreement to “hard work and compromise.”

“It is our patients who will benefit most,” Lawrence said.

Elizabeth Graham is a PBN staff writer. She can be reached at graham@pbn.com. 

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