U of R service workers ratify new contract with university

Posted at: 11/29/2012 10:04 PM

The union representing more than 1500 U of R employees ratified a new contract with the university. Members voted on that contract Thursday. 

Employees threatened to walk off the job in October, claiming the hospital was trying to replace its health benefits with a more expensive plan. Both sides reached an agreement last week.

The university says it agreed to boost its contribution to the union's benefit fund by more than 11%. While union negotiators agreed to some higher co-pays and a lower wage increase than non-union employees receive.

Teri D'Agostino, University of Rochester, said, "These are some of the most valuable behind the scenes employees that really make the place work, for our patients, our students, for our faculty and staff. So this is very important to reach a deal, and have everybody walk away and feel good about. "

The contract is valid for two years. A university spokeswoman says both sides will come together again next September to discuss wages again.