FREMONT -- Clerical workers at Washington Hospital will see their pay jump 5 percent under a deal approved by the board of directors last week.
Workers will get a 1 percent raise retroactive to Sept. 1, and another 1 percent retroactive to March 1. The rate hikes will be doled out to roughly 155 employees represented by the Local 856 Teamster's chapter in their next paycheck. Three remaining 1 percent raises will take effect Sept. 1 this year, then Sept. 1, 2014, and finally March 1, 2015. The raises are on top of yearly step increases.
The three-year memorandum of understanding expires Aug. 31, 2015 and is the product of negotiations that began in November, said CEO Nancy Farber.
Farber said most employees represented work in admitting and medical records.
According to the agreement, they include clerks in the pharmacy, labs, food services and payroll, as well as medical transcriptionists, health information file clerks and cashiers, among others. Only employees currently employed by the hospital will benefit, so any laid off in the last several months are out of luck.
The group received their last contractual raise, worth 4 percent of their salary, on Sept. 1, 2011, hospital officials said.
The new deal comes amid the hospital's arduous move to an electronic records system, set to go live July 1. An estimate of new costs to the district was not readily available, hospital officials said.
Negotiations are still underway with other employee unions, including the California Nurses Association.
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