San Leandro Hospital ILWU Bargaining Update #6

San Leandro Hospital (SLH) met with the International Longshoremen and Warehouse Union (ILWU), Local 6 four times in June to negotiate and secure a new collective bargaining agreement that is clear, comprehensive and easy to interpret by staff, managers and SLH.

The Hospital presented proposals on eight articles: hours of work, holidays, educational leave, employment categories, shop steward release time, and the annual PTO approval process.  We are seeking to have clear language on the important processes that impact technologists.  For example, our hours of work proposal contains language that establishes a clear process for filling extra shifts, assigning overtime, and assigning on-call on a rotating basis.

The ILWU presented proposals on eight articles: holidays, jury duty, hours of work, educational leave, employment categories, the grievance procedure, successor bargaining team release time, and educational leave.  We will be evaluating these proposals in order to respond accordingly.

Tentative Agreements Reached

As part of the bargaining process SLH and ILWU have reached an agreement on the following articles, which will go into effect after negotiations have concluded and a full agreement has been reached.

  • Article 6: Employment Categories – This agreement better aligns the categories and definitions of employees with the rest of the AHS system and applies a timeline and process for SAN employees to provide their availability to work.
  • Article 14: Holidays – This agreement grants technologists the same ten holidays as other bargaining units by adding Veterans Day and the Day after Thanksgiving, and eliminating the employee’s birthday as a holiday.  The number for floating holidays has been reduced to one.
  • Article 19: Educational Leave – This agreement simplifies the existing language regarding technologists’ 48 hours of educational leave and provides up to a $450 per year reimbursement for related fees and costs.

Alameda Health System (AHS) recognizes the value of ILWU members in providing high quality care to the community we serve. AHS is committed to the bargaining process and will continue to meet and bargain in good faith to reach a fair agreement that provides competitive salaries and benefits and ensures our ability to meet the needs of those we serve in a sustainable manner.

The next ILWU Local 6 San Leandro Hospital unit bargaining session is scheduled for July 16th.