Catholic Health CEO ‘optimistic’ deal can be reached with CWA workers tonight
In his first interview on the conflict, Catholic Health CEO Mark Sullivan told 2 On Your Side he was optimistic a strike could be avoided with the latest proposal.
BUFFALO, NY – As Buffalo hospital workers prepare to go on strike, Catholic Health says it handed a proposal to the Communications Workers of America that will resolve the dispute before hundreds of Mercy Hospital workers of Buffalo didn’t reach the picket lines at 6 a.m. Friday.
In his first interview on the dispute, Catholic Health CEO Mark Sullivan told 2 On Your Side’s Michael Wooten that he believed the proposal was fair and that he believed both sides would be able to pull it off. to a deal tonight.
“There are good people at the CWA table, and there are good Catholic Health people at the table who want what’s right for associates,” Sullivan said. “We believe that what we have on the table now meets these needs for fair and competitive wages in the market, good benefits and to start solving personnel issues. And we are ready to work with them until what we come to an agreement. “
CWA workers disagree with the hospital system when it comes to staffing, wages, health care benefits and cleanliness of facilities.
In the event that a deal is not reached, Sullivan confirmed that Catholic Health spends millions of dollars to hire replacement workers to make sure the hospital stays open and patients are properly cared for.
Workers affected include nurses, imaging and respiratory specialists, as well as other patient support and general hospital staff. The union supports over 2,000 members through Mercy Hospital in Buffalo, Kenmore Mercy and the St. Joseph Campus at Sister Hospital.
This is a developing story.