On Wednesday, March 24th, UFCW Local 152 members at Our Lady’s Center For Rehabilitation and Healthcare in Pleasantville, New Jersey proudly voted to ratify a new contract!
The newly ratified three-year agreement provides all members in progression wage increases every six months for the contract’s duration, strong yearly across-the-board increases for those out of progression, and a one-time $275 ratification bonus!
For the life of the contract, members will not face a percentage increase in the employee cost share for medical benefits. Furthermore, they now have an opportunity to voluntarily purchase supplemental benefits (such as disability insurance and life insurance) if they choose. New language was established to comply with New Jersey Earned Sick Leave policies, including an increase in existing sick days for full-time employees.
The contract introduces the creation of the Preceptor Program, a training program available to all union departments. Best of all, the person assigned as Preceptor will be paid an extra $1.00 per hour for this on-the-job training.
Finally, the Shop Steward or Union Representative for Our Lady’s Center will now have the opportunity to formally meet new hires during the orientation process! Many new members have never worked in a union position and do not understand the undeniable benefits of their union contract and union representation. This is an invaluable opportunity for the new members to learn about UFCW Local 152 right at the start of their career.
Congratulations to our members and the Negotiating Committee! This included Director of Collective Bargaining Dan Ross, Union Representative Pete White, Shop Stewards Barbara Duncan and Gloria Colon, and Committeeperson Kisha Cook. Job well done, everyone!
UFCW Local 152 proudly represents about one hundred members at Our Lady’s Center, a Catholic faith care center located on 23 acres in Atlantic County, NJ. Our members work as maintenance, dietary aides, CNAs, housekeeping, activity aides, grounds, and more.
Below are photos of our members voting at the ratification meeting on March 24.