Unionize workers at Geisinger Lewistown Hospital vote to reject management’s contract offer. They also declared a one day unfair labor practice strike for May 6th. The workers include service and maintenance, unit secretaries and sterile technicians.
“Nobody wants to go on strike,” said Teresa Williams, sterile processing tech. “But sometimes you have to stand up for what’s right. Geisinger makes millions off the work we do, but is trying to take away benefits and lower job standards. We can’t sit back and let that happen.”
According to the union, Geisinger made $300 million last year. Geisinger’s contract offer include cuts to starting salaries and elimination of secure retirement to workers who make $13 per hour.
They also said Geisinger CEO Glenn Steele got a 125% raise in 2012 and now makes over $5 million a year.
150 workers at Geisinger Lewistown Hospital from service and maintenance, technicians, and clerical positions are members of SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania. They have been negotiating a new contract since January. Geisinger merged with Lewistown Hospital in October 2013.