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ECRMC Teamsters in the Technical Unit rally for approval of union contract at ECRMC Tuesday, June 30.

EL CENTRO — The front lawn of El Centro Regional Medical Center temporarily housed ECRMC Teamsters in the Technical Unit Tuesday, June 30, for an early morning rally over a union contract. After the hospital board of directors postponed a response to a contract previously negotiated with ECRMC management, the union decided to press their demands, according to Business Representative for Teamsters Local Union 542, Flavio Grijalva.

Grijalva said the contract incorporates certified nursing assistants, medical assistants, employees from the surgery and x-ray departments, and many others. The contract addresses wages, benefits, and working conditions, and has been in negotiations for the last year. However, the contract was approved and ratified by the workers in May of this year.

The contract was sent to the hospital board for approval. Grijalva said the board’s attorney is still reviewing the contract.

According to Grijalva, since the board received the contract, they’ve pushed back and postponed a response — neither approving the contract, nor denying it. The hospital board held a meeting Monday, June 29, where the board members had no response for the approval or denial of the contract.

“It’s actually a very good contract for these employees. It’s something that they’ve been working on for over a year,” said Grijalva. “We’re just upset because they’re pushing back on giving these employees a raise, especially after what’s been going on with COVID.”

He explained the importance of giving raises to the workers who are required by the hospital to have certifications for the work they do.

“They need an education. They need to get certified and registered. All of that comes out of their pocket and the hospital keeps saying, ‘get more, learn more, but we won’t pay you more.’ They (ECRMC) will receive more money for it, but it’s not trickling down to the employees,” said Grijalva.

Drivers passing by honked their horns in support of the rally-ers, while the employees jumped and shook their signs, cheering for the community response.

The employees hoped their rally would get enough community attention to make an impact on the board’s delay and sway their decision in favor of the contract, according to Grijalva. He encouraged community members to contact ECRMC’s administration department to voice their support.

“Nobody here is doing their job to become millionaires. They’re doing it because they care about the community, they really do. Having said that, they’re asking for what they believe they’re worth,” said Grijalva.

ECRMC did not respond to this papers request for commentary at the time of publishing.

The front lawn of El Centro Regional Medical Center temporarily housed ECRMC Teamsters in the Technical Unit Tuesday, June 30, for an early morning rally for a union contract after the hospital board of directors postponed a response to a contract that was previously negotiated with ECRMC management, according to Business Representative for Teamsters Local Union 542, Flavio Grijalva.

Grijalva said the contract incorporates certified nursing assistants, medical assistants, employees from the surgery and x-ray departments, and many others. The contract addresses wages, benefits, and working conditions, and has been in the works for the last year. However, the contract was approved and ratified by the workers in May of this year.

The contract was sent to the hospital board for approval. Grijalva said the board’s attorney is still reviewing the contract.

According to Grijalva, since the board received the contract, they’ve pushed back and postponed a response — neither approving the contract, nor denying it. The hospital board held a meeting Monday, June 29, where the board members had no response for the approval or denial of the contract.

“It’s actually a very good contract for these employees. It’s something that they’ve been working on for over a year,” said Grijalva. “We’re just upset because they’re pushing back on giving these employees a raise, especially after what’s been going on with COVID.”

He explained the importance of giving raises to the workers who are required by the hospital to have certifications for the work they do.

“They need an education. They need to get certified and registered. All of that comes out of their pocket and the hospital keeps saying, ‘get more, learn more, but we won’t pay you more.’ They will receive more money for it, but it’s not trickling down to the employees,” said Grijalva.

Drivers passing by, honked their horns in support of the rally-ers, while the employees jumped and shook their signs, cheering for the community response.

The employees hoped their rally would get enough community attention to make an impact on the board’s delay and sway their decision in favor of the contract, according to Grijalva. He encouraged community members to contact ECRMC’s administration department to voice their support.

“Nobody here is doing their job to become millionaires. They’re doing it because they care about the community, they really do. Having said that, they’re asking for what they believe they’re worth,” said Grijalva.

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