One more union has secured a deal with the de Blasio administration.
Earlier this week, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that New York City had reached a tentative contract agreement with the Committee of Interns and Residents/SEIU Healthcare, which covers 2,039 medical and dental residents training at Health and Hospitals Corporation facilities. The agreement is a proposed seven-year, four-month contract that would begin, retroactively, Oct. 26, 2010, and expire Feb. 25, 2018.
According to the city, the agreement is consistent with established civilian patterns and requires no new funding over previous budgetary projections.
“Today’s agreement provides fair, responsible wage increases to the resident physicians who provide critical care to New Yorkers around the city,” said de Blasio in a statement. “When we took office, every contract was expired, and now, nearly 75 percent of our workers are under contract agreements that give our employees the raises they deserve while protecting taxpayers.” To date, the mayor has reached contract agreements with almost 75 percent of the city’s workforce that had been working under expired contracts.
For the 2010 to 2017 round of bargaining, employees will receive increases based on the established pattern, including a 1.5 percent increase April 26, 2015, a 2.5 percent increase April 26, 2016, and a 3 percent increase April 26, 2017. The agreement also includes a one-time $1,000 ratification payment.
According to the city, the total cost of the tentative agreement is covered by the pattern settlement and will require no funding above the previous budgetary projections. The city says that between fiscal years 2015 and 2019, the gross cost of the agreement is slated to be $68.3 million, with stabilization fund and health savings at $32.8 million at a net cost of $35.5 million.
“Interns and residents play a critical role in HHC’s successful patient safety initiatives and are a vital part of our public health care system,” said Dr. Ram Raju, president and CEO of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, in a statement.
According to the city, the tentative agreement also includes additional benefits fully funded out of the pattern cost and four-month contract extension, a new child care benefit, investments in the Patient Care Trust Fund and one-time bonuses.
“CIR and HHC have a strong, collaborative partnership,” said CIR President Dr. David Eshak in a statement. “Our negotiated agreement will benefit New York City patients, their doctors and the communities we serve. The investment into the CIR Patient Care Trust Fund is just one example of how we’ve used our collective voice at the table to improve quality and patient care across the city.”
The terms of the agreement have to be approved by the union.