Officials of Van Diest Medical Center and the members of the Public Professional and Maintenance Employees (PPME) Local 2003 met Thursday morning for the opening proposals for a new contract to take effect July 1,2013. PPME official Mike Scarrow proposed a 5% wage increase effective July 1,2013 and July 1,2014. For on call and call back the change would from $1.25 to $1.75 and the $1.75 to $2.50. As for benefits,the Union proposed to reduce all employee contributions by 5% and add that part time employees would receive life insurance. The Union is also requesting a current list of employees, classification, FTE level, total hours, current rate of pay and which insurance plan each employee has and if it is single or family coverage to be e-mailed to the Union prior to bargaining.
Van Diest Medical Center administrator Palmer Schneider proposed there would be no changes to current contract in regards to wages and salaries, on call and call back, paid time off, and benefits.
Following the opening presentation, both sides met in closed session for negotiations.