Union and Hospital Sign 35-Day Extension of Union Contract

Talks Continue to Reach a Collective Bargaining Agreement

Late Monday SEIU Local 205  and Methodist Medical Center agreed to a contract extension lasting through November 15, 2017.  The current contracts covering over 800 workers at the hospital were set to expire at midnight tonight.

“There still a number of key issues on the table, and this extension will give both sides time to hopefully work through our differences and find common ground,”  said Shanella Hawkins, RN,  adding, “Our goal still is and always has been to reach an agreement that is good for patients, the community and our members.”  The parties have been utilizing a Federal Mediator  to help facilitate contract talks.

On Sunday around 150 people brave the weather to protest the current state of negotiations.  “Our members have never been more united and determined”  noted Sondra Bryant, RN, and we will keep going until we get a good contract.  “Having so many of our members and supporters willing to stand out in the pouring rain to voice our concerns and show our solidarity, should send MMC a clear message,” said  Kristi Byrge, CT Technologist.

“The community support we have received has been great, and we will keep building and expanding those ties too,” said Sarah Engelhardt, LPN.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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