When it comes to labor unions, one of the most important documents for both the union and its members is the collective bargaining agreement, or CBA. This document outlines the terms and conditions of employment for union members, including benefits, wages, and working conditions.
One such union that has recently negotiated a new CBA is SEIU Local 73. SEIU Local 73 represents over 25,000 workers in Illinois and Indiana, including healthcare workers, public service employees, and higher education staff.
So, what does the new CBA for SEIU Local 73 entail?
First and foremost, the new contract includes a significant pay increase for all members. Over the course of the 3-year agreement, wages will increase by an average of 3% per year. This will help ensure that SEIU Local 73 members are able to keep up with the rising cost of living and provide for themselves and their families.
Additionally, the new CBA includes improvements to healthcare benefits for members and their families. The contract includes a new dental plan for members, as well as better mental health coverage. This will help ensure that union members are able to access the care they need to stay healthy and productive.
In terms of working conditions, the new CBA includes language that strengthens job security for members. This includes provisions that protect workers from layoffs and give them more say in workplace decisions. This will help ensure that SEIU Local 73 members have a stable work environment and are able to advocate for their needs on the job.
Finally, the new CBA includes a commitment to diversity and inclusion within the union and in the workplace. This includes the creation of a Diversity and Inclusion Committee, which will be tasked with ensuring that all members are treated fairly and equitably, regardless of their background or identity.
Overall, the new collective bargaining agreement for SEIU Local 73 is a significant win for union members. The agreement provides better pay, improved healthcare benefits, stronger job security, and a commitment to diversity and inclusion. As SEIU Local 73 continues to fight for the rights and needs of its members, this new CBA will serve as a strong foundation for a better future.