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Teamsters, Rhode Island Hospital forge tentative agreement

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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...

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.

Teamsters, Rhode Island Hospital forge tentative agreement
Teamsters, Rhode Island Hospital forge tentative agreement