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Hospital employees reach tentative deal

Mount Nittany Medical Center and its union employees reached a tentative contract agreement Tuesday.
Mount Nittany Medical Center and its union employees reached a tentative contract agreement Tuesday. Centre Daily Times, file

Mount Nittany Medical Center took a step closer to a contract with its union employees Tuesday.

According to the Service Employees Union International, its negotiating team came to a tentative agreement. The contract will now go to the employees for a vote.

“At negotiations today we reached a tentative contract agreement with management. Workers will meet on Thursday to hear details of the agreement and then vote on the contract. No strike notice has been issued at this time,” said representative Scott Young.

SEIU represents about half of the hospital’s 2,400 employees.

Nichole Monica, Mount Nittany director of marketing and communications, said Tuesday that officials were “pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract with our union employees.”

“We pride ourselves in being an employer of choice which includes one of, if not the best, compensation and benefit packages in health care in the region, to attract the best and the brightest to serve our community every day,” Monica said.

The contract between the two sides expired June 30.

SEIU employees at the hospital went on strike in 2004 for five days. Issues at that time included mandatory overtime, salaries and pensions.

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