(PROVIDENCE, R.I.) – The more than 2,500 Local 251 Teamsters who work at Rhode Island Hospital ratified a new five-year agreement yesterday by a 97.5 percent vote.

“The 2,500 members at Rhode Island Hospital should be proud. It was their solidarity that led to this agreement,” said Matt Taibi, Teamsters Local 251 Secretary-Treasurer. “This contract wasn’t won at the table; it was earned through months of organizing by our members. They stood strong in the face of the company and achieved a contract they deserve.”

The bargaining unit includes nonclinical and clinical support and skilled maintenance workers.

After months of member to member organizing and surveying the needs of the members, the union negotiating committee set out to satisfy key demands of the workers. This contract addresses the important issues of fair wage increases, a $15 minimum wage, Teamster health care benefits, retirement security, quality jobs that support families and job security. Highlights of the contract include:

Three percent raises in each year of the contract;
Retirement choice between the Lifespan Core plan or matching contributions to a 401(k) up to six percent;

Strong improvements to pay differentials (on-call pay; weekend differential; evening differential; and night differential);

Inclusion into the Teamsters 251 Health Services Plan;

Extended “No Layoff” protections; and

A mechanism for creation of more permanent positions.
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