Alameda Health System and the Building Construction and Trades Council are currently engaged in negotiations for a successor Agreement. The parties have been negotiating since August 2018.
Over the course of the last several months, the parties have been engaged in discussions concerning current wages at AHS relative to market wages. AHS shared data with the union illustrating that the BCTC represented population is paid an average of 64% above the market. Based on this data, AHS must be responsible fiduciaries and deliberate stewards of the financial resources to which it is entrusted by residents and taxpayers by declining proposals for additional increases that are based on the status quo.
However, AHS is willing to provide a competitive wage increase to BCTC that aligns with similar bargaining units within the Alameda Health System. To be aligned, here is what AHS is offering:
- Modify current job descriptions, including that of Stationary Engineers to model the Stationary Engineers at San Leandro and Alameda Hospitals.
- Negotiate the training and education to be provided where necessary so that skills and certifications are aligned with new job description.
- Provide approximately 6.5% increase for Stationary Engineers, timing of the increase is subject to negotiation.
- Consolidate the number of classifications in the unit and negotiate the training and education to be provides to other classifications, interested in becoming Stationary Engineers.
- Introduce the classification of Utility Engineer.
Regrettably, this proposed concept was rejected by the Union on February 11, 2019. The Union instead has reasserted a wage proposal that seeks to take the unit further above market with:
- 3.9% effective October 1, 2018
- 4% in 2019
- 4% in 2020
- 2% in 2021 followed by 1.75% after 6 months
AHS recognizes the value and the hard work of members in the BCTC unit; however, wage increases must be conditioned on the Hospital being provided with operational flexibility and economies of scale, which can be achieved with some restructuring of the workforce and the operations. Without this operational flexibility, additional increases cannot be justified based simply on external market factors.
AHS remains eager to finalize a long-term contract that will guarantee the BCTC bargaining unit a fair and competitive wage with the continued quality health care and retirement benefits that few employers can match.