ASHLAND — The union representing workers at an Ashland hospital say they have narrowly accepted the company's latest contract offer.
Service Employees International Union District 1199 and King's Daughters Medical Center announced the results of a bargaining unit vote Thursday night.
The union's previous contract expired Nov. 30, and about 550 service, maintenance, housekeeping, laundry and dietary workers have been working at King's Daughters without a contract since. The two entities have debated the hospital's requested concessions from employees, including a wage freeze and higher insurance premiums and deductibles.
The new contract includes health insurance, a retirement plan funded by King's Daughters and a one-time payment equal to 1 percent of the employees' 2010 fiscal year earnings, the hospital said in its release.
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An SEIU spokesperson could not immediately be reached for comment.
There are about 4,100 employees at the hospital, making it the largest single employer between Lexington and Charleston, W.Va., according to Jim Purgerson, president of the Ashland Alliance, the local economic-development agency.
SEIU 1199 represents represents more than 30,000 health care and social service workers across West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio.