Corning, N.Y. – Today, representatives of 1199 SEIU union notified Guthrie Corning Hospital of their intent to engage in “informational picketing” at Guthrie Corning Hospital on Thursday, June 6. This is not a labor strike and in no way affects the quality of patient care at the hospital.
“Understandably, we are disappointed that, at this point in the negotiations, the union has chosen to picket. We have approached negotiations in good faith and are still negotiating with the union on an agreement, in fact we have continued negotiations scheduled for June 7 and 8,” said Shirley Magana, Guthrie Corning Hospital President .
“We have offered the union a comprehensive and competitive wage package that includes among other things a multi-year wage increase along with a quality health plan. The reality is, in this changing health care environment when other local hospitals have announced layoffs and closure of patient units, Guthrie Corning Hospital must remain focused on maintaining financial security for our patients, our community and our staff,” Magana added.
Guthrie Corning Hospital is negotiating with 1199 SEIU, which is representing approximately 450 unionized registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, medical technicians, clerical, service, and maintenance employees, to reach final agreement on a long-term contract.
Guthrie Corning Hospital is working toward enactment of a multi-year agreement that reflects:
• The understanding that Guthrie Corning Hospital’s primary, overriding concern must always be for the care and well-being of its patients, community and staff
• Guthrie Corning Hospital’s responsibility to be financially stable to ensure that quality health care will always be available to the community
• Adherence to its values as an institution – particularly that employees should be treated with fairness, in a safe environment with quality jobs
Guthrie Corning Hospital is a 99-bed, full-service community hospital, providing care for those living in Steuben and Chemung Counties, NY. A New York State designated Stroke Center, the hospital offers a broad range of inpatient and outpatient services, including advanced care delivered in collaboration with Guthrie physicians and specialists. The hospital’s reputation for high quality care has been recognized at the state and national level.