The Teamsters Union Local 251 and Rhode Island Hospital management have reached a tentative agreement on a four-year contract that the union says will bring $19 million in improved wages and benefits to workers at the Lifespan hospital network.
The agreement was reached late Friday evening, according to a statement by the union bargaining committee posted on social media.
The pact includes $1.80 per hour in wage hikes over the life of the contract. In addition, full-time employees will get a $225 bonus when the contract is ratified and part-time workers will receive a $10 bonus. There are no concessions or give backs, the union said.
The tentative deal includes what the union bargaining committee calls ``strong no layoff protections.’’ All employees will be covered by no layoff provisions when they reach five years of seniority. All teamster –represented workers at Rhode Island Hospital will have a vote on the new contract. No date has been set for the vote.
``Members at Rhode Island Hospital have won these gains and more by mobilizing and sticking togetherin a grassroots campaign for a fair contract,’’ the union said in a statement.