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Harrison Pro Tech workers approve contract by 98 percent
After a year of negotiations, the Pro Tech workers at Harrison Medical Center have voted by 98 percent to approve their new contract.
According to a UFCW 21 press release, "the long campaign was different than most Harrison negotiations over the past several decades." The campaign also included an authorized strike on June 10. It was after that vote for a strike authorization that bargaining finally took a turn for the better and a tentative agreement was reached.
Community support in the form of thousands of signs sprouted up around the Bremerton and Silverdale areas to show support for Harrison workers.
The new contract includes:
• Keeping the three year contract going through March 2017• Wage increase and bonus package• Maintaining the Health and Wellness plan with funding for the term of the contract• Maintaining the ability for union workers to stand with fellow union workers in the case of a dispute• Improvement of the grievance procedure• Expanded access
The Bremerton Patriot will update this story as information becomes available.