800 Oak Ridge workers reject medical center contract

MGN Online

OAK RIDGE, Tenn. (WVLT) -- Members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 205 voted Monday to reject Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge's contract proposal that would cover 800 employees.

The union said the medical center's proposal would cut wages for new workers, risking staffing levels and quality care.

Last week, union members voted to authorize their bargaining committee to give the hospital a notice of intent to strike if an agreement could not be reached. But, despite rejecting the medical center's proposal, a union representative Monday said workers still want the hospital to come back to the bargaining table.

By law the union must give 10 days notice before striking.