Officials at CVPH Medical Center and its largest union have reached a three-year contract settlement.

The deal calls for a 1.5-percent salary increase for 2011, retroactive to May 1; 2-percent increases for 2012 and 2013; and a 2-percent bonus based on gross wages for the first 40 weeks of 2011, payable in December.

The deal also continues employer-paid health-insurance benefits for all full-time members and their families, as well as pension benefits.

The hospital pays 100 percent of premiums for employee health insurance.

"Wages, health insurance and retirement are the three big-ticket items, and we were able to give some balance to those three items," hospital spokesman Michael Hildebran said.

"It was a sound negotiating process and was very low-key and civil."

The deal covers about 1,200 members of the 1199 Service Employees International Union, which makes up about 53 percent of the workforce at the hospital.

Negotiations began in March.

'DEAL WAS FAIR'

SEIU representative Dylan Smith said the union was satisfied with the deal.

"We believe that this contract addresses the needs and concerns of our members regarding wages, health and pension fairly," he said in a statement.

"It will enable us to continue to provide quality care to our patients and residents at CVPH."

Smith said that given an economic climate in which municipal unions are being forced to forgo raises, pay more for health insurance and suffer layoffs, the deal was fair.

"When you compare what's out there at other places, this was a good deal," he told the Press-Republican.

Hospital President Stephens Mundy was also satisfied with the deal.

"The negotiations that began in March were respectful and further solidified the partnership that exists between 1199 SEIU and CVPH," Mundy said in a statement.

"There was good, thoughtful dialogue and discussion, and both parties furthered their understanding of our mutual needs."

Email Joe LoTemplio at: jlotemplio@pressrepublican.com

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