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Union contract approved for some Danbury, New Milford Hospital workers

Medical technicians and clinicians at Danbury and New Milford Hospitals yesterday voted overwhelmingly to ratify a first-ever contract following more than a year of negotiations with their employer. The union of approximately 260 surgical and radiologic technologists, licensed practical nurses and respiratory therapists cast ballots 10 to one in favor of the tentative agreement reached with management. 

 

Beth Thomsen, who has served as co-president of the negotiating committee for the Danbury and New Milford Federation of Healthcare Technical Employees says the contract is the product of sitting down with management and working together to make the hospitals better places to receive vital acute care service.

 

Their new contract begins to close gaps in economic inequality and workplace rights that were key factors for the technical professionals exercising their free choice to form their own union.

 

The gains the technical professionals won through negotiations, include general wage increases of two percent for each year of their collective bargaining agreement. The contract also includes a mechanism for monthly labor-management meetings that include staffing as a standing issue as well as seniority rights and due process protections.