Employees Ratify Three-Year Agreement

The Hospitals are extremely pleased that our SEIU-UHW-represented employees voted to ratify the tentative agreement that was reached on August 28, 2017. This new three-year contract was the result of negotiations that began earlier in the summer between the Hospitals and SEIU-UHW.

The Hospitals’ bargaining team would like to express our appreciation to SEIU-UHW’s bargaining team for the constructive sessions that led to a new contract, and also to our SEIU-UHW-represented employees for taking the time to vote. The new contract between the Hospitals and SEIU-UHW will be in place through September 2020.

Tentative Agreement Reached

We are pleased to announce that the Hospitals have reached a tentative agreement with SEIU-UHW on a new three-year contract for our SEIU-UHW-represented employees. SEIU-UHW and its bargaining team are unanimously recommending ratification of the tentative agreement. SEIU-UHW will share further details about the ratification vote once they are confirmed.

It has always been our belief that a highly competitive contract that supports our employees and their profession, while also promoting our special mission with a focus on patient safety and quality, was in all of our best interests.

We greatly appreciate the hard work of the bargaining teams and look forward to the ratification vote. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please reach out to your manager or submit them here

August 16-17 Bargaining Update

On August 16 and 17, the Hospitals and SEIU-UHW resumed bargaining on a new agreement for you, our valued employees. Your current contract expires on August 27, and our next scheduled bargaining dates with the union are on August 23 and 25.

We know how important your contract is to you, and we want to reach an agreement with the union as quickly as possible so you can benefit from the improvements a new contract would provide.

During this week’s sessions, we reached 6 tentative agreements on non-economic topics including: preference for extra shifts for employees who have been cancelled off; imposing a deadline for correcting underpayments in paychecks; and expanded opportunities for obtaining tuition reimbursement. We have now reached tentative agreements with the union on 19 proposals.

We also provided the union with an updated economic package that contained improvements to our previous economic proposal. The highlights of our current economic package proposal to the union include:

Significant Wage Increases

  • Across-the-board increases for all SEIU-UHW-represented job classifications:
    • 3% upon ratification
    • 2% one year after ratification
    • 2% two years after ratification
  • Approximate 5% wage increase due to Job Grade Classification increases for the following classifications:
    • Food Service Worker and Housekeeping Assistant, Sr. Housekeeping Specialist, Lead Housekeeping Assistant, Lab Assistant III, Lead Lab Assistant and Lab Assistant III-P, Lead Lab Assistant III-P and Lab Technician
  • Approximate 2.5% wage increase due to a Job Grade Classification increase for the following classifications:
    • Housekeeping Specialist, Sr. Food Service Worker and Sr. Housekeeping Assistant
  • $2.00 per hour Weekend Differential for each hour worked on a Saturday or Sunday
  • 1.5% wage increase for employees currently at Step 13
    • Employees who move from Step 12 to 13 in the future will now receive a total approximate 3.5% wage increase

Reimbursement for Required Continuing Education Hours

  • The Hospitals will reimburse full-time employees up to the number of hours listed below for approved education programs and courses
Classification Paid Education Hours
Certified Dialysis Technician 10 each fiscal year
Lead Sterile Processing Technician and Sterile Processing Technician I and II 12 each fiscal year
Lab Assistant III-P and Lead Lab Assistant III-P 6 every two fiscal years
Lead Anesthesia Technician 20 every two fiscal years

– Fiscal Year: September 1 – August 31
– Eligible regular part-time employees will be entitled to educational hours on a pro-rata basis

Improvements to Your Retirement Benefits

  • In addition to the existing 5% 403(b) employer basic contribution, we are proposing to increase our retirement match as follows:
    • 4% for employees with at least 1 and less than 5 years of retirement eligible service
    • 5% for employees with at least 5 and less than 10 years of retirement eligible service
    • 7% for employees with 10 years or more of retirement eligible service

We look forward to our next session on August 23, and we will provide you with another bargaining update at that time. In the meantime, if you have any questions, please reach out to your manager or submit them on our website here.

August 9 Bargaining Update

Yesterday, the Hospitals resumed negotiations with SEIU-UHW. During the session, we presented the union with responses on all outstanding noneconomic proposals. The Hospitals also presented a draft of 13 proposed tentative agreements to the union and are awaiting UHW’s review and approval. We received the union’s response to our economic package proposal on August 2nd and are in the process of reviewing and preparing a response to that proposal.

We have bargaining sessions scheduled for August 16 and 23. In the interest of reaching a mutually acceptable agreement that supports our employees, we agreed with the union to add a bargaining date on August 25 and are working with SEIU-UHW to add an additional negotiation date prior to contract expiration on August 26. We will let you know once any additional bargaining sessions are confirmed.

If you have any questions about the Hospitals’ proposals, please reach out to your manager or submit them on our www.stanfordpackardvoice.com website.

We know how important your contract is to you and promise to continue to focus on reaching an agreement that you can be proud of and support. We look forward to our next bargaining session on August 16th, and will provide you with another bargaining update at that time. In the meantime, thank you very much for remaining focused on providing the best and safest care possible for our patients. We appreciate you.

August 2 Bargaining Update

On August 2, the Hospitals and SEIU-UHW resumed bargaining on a new agreement for you, our valued employees. Your current contract expires on August 27, and our next scheduled bargaining dates with the union are on August 9, 16 and 23. We have proposed additional bargaining dates in August and are waiting for the union to confirm if they can attend.

During the session, we provided the union with an updated economic package that contained improvements to our previous economic proposal. The highlights of our current economic package proposal to the union include:

  • Across-the-board increases for all SEIU-UHW-represented job classifications
    • 2.5% upon ratification
    • 2% one year after ratification
    • 2% two years after ratification 
  • Additional approximate 5% wage increase due to Job Grade Classification increases for the following classifications:
    • Food Service Worker and Housekeeping Assistant, Sr. Housekeeping Specialist, Lead Housekeeping Assistant, Lab Assistant III, Lead Lab Assistant and Lab Assistant III-P, Lead Lab Assistant III-P and Lab Technician
  • Additional approximate 2.5% wage increase due to a Job Grade Classification increase for the following classifications:
    • Housekeeping Specialist, Sr. Food Service Worker and Sr. Housekeeping Assistant
  • Additional 1% wage increase for employees currently at Step 13
    • Employees who move from Step 12 to 13 in the future will now receive a total approximate 3% wage increase 
  • Weekend Differential
    • Provide an additional $1.50 per hour for each hour worked on a Saturday or Sunday
  • Paid educational hours for classifications requiring continuing education
    • The Hospitals will reimburse full-time employees up to the number of hours listed below for approved education programs and courses
Classification CEUs Required Paid Education Hours
Each Fiscal Year
(Sept. 1 – Aug. 31)
Certified Dialysis Technician and Lead Anesthesia Technician 10 per year 10
Lead Sterile Processing Technician and Sterile Processing Technician I and II 12 per year 12
Lab Assistant III-P and Lead Lab Assistant III-P 6 every two years 3

Eligible regular part-time employees will be entitled to educational hours on a pro-rata basis

  • Employer-paid uniforms for those employees who are required to wear uniforms or special type work clothes
  • In addition to the existing 5% 403(b) employer basic contribution, we are proposing to increase our retirement match as follows:
    • 4% for employees with at least 1 and less than 5 years of retirement eligible service
    • 5% for employees with at least 5 and less than 10 years of retirement eligible service
    • 7% for employees with 10 years or more of retirement eligible service

 Thank you for taking the time to learn more about the improvements contained in our latest proposal. If you have any questions, please reach out to your manager or submit them through the website.

We know how important your contract is to you and promise to continue to focus on reaching an agreement that you can be proud of and support. We look forward to our next session on August 9, and will provide you with another bargaining update at that time. In the meantime, thank you very much for remaining focused on providing the best and safest care possible for our patients. We appreciate you.

August 3 SEIU-UHW Informational Picket

The union has scheduled an informational picket for Thursday, August 3, and may even be busing in additional people from around the area to join. While we will always respect your rights to participate in lawful, protected activities, we are disappointed SEIU-UHW has chosen this tactic, especially since we are actively negotiating a new contract for you and have offered improvements, which include pay increases, a new weekend differential and increases to your retirement match.

Unfortunately, while we have been focused on our efforts at the bargaining table, SEIU-UHW has continued spreading misleading and outdated information. The union’s actions are not only disrespectful to you, but to your profession and the quality care you provide our patients. Here are the facts:

  • The safety of our employees and patients are our top priorities
    • In the letter to SEIU-UHW, SHC’s Chief Medical Officer corrected the union’s misinformation (SHC’s Standardized Infection Ratio score actually exceeds the industry benchmark at preventing infections).
  • We always want to hear directly from you about your concerns
    • SHC CEO David Entwistle is available to meet with our employees to discuss topics unrelated to current contract negotiations, and various dates/times have been offered. However, conversations between the Hospitals and SEIU-UHW officials should remain focused on contract negotiations at the bargaining table.

If you have any additional questions, please reach out to your manager. In the meantime, we look forward to our next scheduled bargaining session on August 2, and continuing our progress towards reaching an agreement that you can be proud of and support.

July 28 Bargaining Update

On July 27, the Hospitals and SEIU-UHW completed the last of this week’s bargaining sessions. As you know, during our July 25 session the Hospitals provided SEIU-UHW with an updated economic proposal that contained improvements in the areas that we believe are important to you.

The union today provided its economic counter proposal, and we discussed other union proposals.

Our next scheduled session is on August 2, and the Hospitals are committed to providing SEIU-UHW with an updated economic proposal in response to what the union provided today. The union is preparing an updated set of proposals on non-economic issues.

We look forward to resuming negotiations next week and continuing our progress towards reaching an agreement that you can be proud of and support. In the meantime, if you have any questions please reach out to your manager or you can submit them through the website.

July 26 Bargaining Update

On July 25 the Hospitals and SEIU-UHW resumed bargaining on a new agreement for you, our valued employees. Your current contract expires on August 27, and we are scheduled to meet with the union on July 26, 27 and August 2, 9, 16 and 23.

During the July 25 session, we provided the union with an updated economic package that contained improvements in the areas that we’ve heard are important to you. The highlights of our latest economic package include:

  • Across-the-board increases for all SEIU-UHW-represented job classifications
    • 2% upon ratification
    • 2% one year after ratification
    • 2% two years after ratification
  • Job Grade Classification Increases: Each job grade classification increase is equivalent to approximately a 5% wage increase, except when moving from job grade 6 to 7 (approximately 2.5%)
Grade Increases Job Classifications
SEIU005 to SEIU006 Food Service Worker and Housekeeping Assistant
SEIU006 to SEIU007 Housekeeping Specialist, Sr. Food Service Worker and Sr. Housekeeping Assistant
SEIU007 to SEIU008 Sr. Housekeeping Specialist
SEIU008 to SEIU009 Lead Housekeeping Assistant
SEIU009 to SEIU010 Lab Assistant III
SEIU010 to SEIU011 Lead Lab Assistant and Lab Assistant III-P
SEIU011 to SEIU012 Lead Lab Assistant III-P
SEIU012 to SEIU013 Lab Technician


  • NEW: Weekend Differential
    • Provide an additional $1 per hour for each hour worked on a Saturday or Sunday
  • In addition to the 5% 403(b) employer basic contribution, we are proposing to increase our retirement match as follows:
    • 4% for employees with 1 to 4 years of retirement eligible service
    • 5% for employees with 4 to 10 years of retirement eligible service
    • 7% for employees with over 10 years of retirement eligible service

At the beginning of our session we also provided the union with a letter from SHC’s Chief Medical Officer correcting the misinformation in the report SEIU-UHW distributed during their July 11 press conference. A copy of the letter can be found here.

We also understand that SEIU-UHW has provided notice of its intent to hold an informational picket beginning August 3. While we always respect your rights to participate in lawful, protected activities, we are surprised and disappointed that SEIU-UHW has chosen this tactic, especially since we are actively negotiating a new contract and are committed to improvements.

We know how important your contract is to you and promise to continue to focus on reaching an agreement that provides you with improvements and supports you and your profession.

Thank you very much for all you do to help us provide the best and safest care possible for our patients. We appreciate you.

Our Commitment to Our SEIU-UHW-Represented Employees

Our next bargaining sessions are scheduled for July 25-27, and our pledge to you throughout these negotiations is to bargain in good faith and reach an agreement that not only provides improvements for you, but supports you and your profession. Unfortunately, Dave Regan, the President of SEIU-UHW, has shared that a primary interest of his is to grow his membership by adding new dues-paying employees to the bargaining unit at our Hospitals.

That is why SEIU-UHW held a press conference on July 11, even though we already agreed to meet with represented employees about the union’s report. We think it is a better use of the union’s time to sit down at the bargaining table and focus on getting a contract that provides pay raises for you.

In terms of the union’s report, as one of the nation’s top ranked hospitals for quality, we take your safety and the safety of our patients very seriously. All employees are encouraged to share concerns so we can investigate and take action when needed. After looking at the information provided by SEIU-UHW, we have found that much of it is old and outdated:

  • As an example, Stanford Health Care’s Standardized Infection Ratio (SIR) scores have improved since 2013 and 2014. The current SIR is at 0.871 (CY 2017), which exceeds the 1.0 industry goal and shows Stanford Health Care has a better than expected performance with avoiding infections.

Throughout these negotiations we promise to continue to focus on reaching an agreement that provides you with improvements and supports you and your profession. We know how important your contract is to you, and we will keep you updated throughout this process.

June 30 Bargaining Update

We wanted to update you on the current bargaining between the Hospitals and SEIU-UHW to reach a new agreement for you, our SEIU-UHW-represented bargaining unit employees.

June 27 marked our third bargaining session and we have several sessions scheduled throughout the next couple of months. The next sessions are scheduled for July 25-27. During these sessions, we have taken great care to listen and consider every proposal that has been submitted by your bargaining team. Our pledge to you throughout these negotiations is to bargain in good faith to reach a mutually acceptable agreement that:

  • provides improvements for you, our valued employees,
  • supports you and your profession; and
  • promotes the special mission of Stanford Health Care and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford with a focus on patient safety and quality.

We also pledge to keep you informed throughout the bargaining process. To that end, we invite you to not only check with your manager for updates, but to regularly visit this website where you can find the latest negotiation information. Through the website you can also submit a question using the contact us form found here: www.stanfordpackardvoice.com/contact-us.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about our current negotiations, but most importantly thank you for all you do to help us provide the best and safest care possible for our patients. We appreciate you.