USW - ARH Reach Tentative Agreement

USW - ARH Reach Tentative Agreement

There are 30 comments on the WKYT-TV Lexington story from Apr 22, 2007, titled USW - ARH Reach Tentative Agreement. In it, WKYT-TV Lexington reports that:

“This was a hard-fought struggle with ARH, and we didn't get everything we wanted. But we preserved our pension, contained our health insurance costs and improved our wages.”

Posted: 10:54 PM Apr 21, 2007 Last Updated: 1:15 AM Apr 22, 2007 The United Steelworkers announced late Saturday night that it reached a tentative contract with Appalachian Regional Healthcare, the hospital ... via WKYT-TV Lexington

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hospital

London, KY

#21 Mar 23, 2010
$26 a month for each year of employment for retirement is not enough for the hard work put in at that hospital. Work 30 years and get $780 a month. That is really not that much. And do the employees hired after the 2007 contract even get that?
worker not pleased

Baxter, KY

#22 Mar 23, 2010
A sorry contract if you ask me.
ARH employee

Harrodsburg, KY

#23 Mar 23, 2010
ARH and USW have just signed a 3 year contract !!! Now this is how to talk to each other and work things out.
jan

Stanford, KY

#24 Mar 23, 2010
ARH employee wrote:
ARH and USW have just signed a 3 year contract !!! Now this is how to talk to each other and work things out.
Much better than that useless strike last time.
Informed

Clarksville, TN

#25 Mar 23, 2010
I used to work at ARH. I have also worked at several other hospitals in two states. At one time, ARH employees were well paid, in all classifications, however over the past 10 years, their wages, in all categories, have been surpassed by the "non-union" hospitals. The USWA has failed to give adequate representation to some of its members, considering the non-union facility's enjoy better wages. Why would you pay dues to make less?(If you knew you were) Many of the employees at ARH, throughout the chain, do not know of other Unions that are represented by the USWA. If you work at B.F,, Goodrich, or Newport News Shipyard, you would be making more than you make at ARH with an RN degree, RT degree, LPN, or even as a Janitor. The USWA benefits more by employees agreeing with what management offers rather than striking, as do families of employees. Nobody has to really "whoop out a contract," because management is well aware of the agreement. In fact, all of management has a contract very close at all times while many union members have never read the first page. If you are an employee, you know that I am telling the truth. As for "my two cents," that is about what the comments are worth. Everybody is entitled to their own opinion, and this is a forum to share it. The truth needs no defending and is without argument. I have wondered how the labor employees would feel if they knew that the representative for the USWA had their insurance paid for 100%, that they made over $100,000 per year usually with no college education, that they are provided a vehicle or all expenses, including mileage for their own, when and if they choose to drive it and that they enjoy on average a 5% increase yearly, and would strike their own union if they didn't get it? Oh and before you assume anything, I quit ARH after fifteen years for a better paying job and the retirement plan at ARH for employees is a shame and the USWA should give employees they represent the same as they have, much like government healthcare should be the same as our representatives in Washington, D.C.
KNowing

Baxter, KY

#26 Mar 24, 2010
informed You are right indeed. Poor USWA fell for this contract .But some people dont care what they work for . IF they had some reprensentation to fight for thier rights they may have gotten something worth voting for. A one percent raise, and that retirment. ITS a joke. Oh well. ITs them that has to live with it . I am not there anymore, and glad of it.
Independent

Lexington, KY

#27 Mar 24, 2010
Why don't you invest your money in an IRA? You don't have to have ARH for that. Don't tell me you people are that dependent on an organization. C'mon grow a brain and look out for you and yours.
hospital

Stanford, KY

#28 Mar 24, 2010
Independent wrote:
Why don't you invest your money in an IRA? You don't have to have ARH for that. Don't tell me you people are that dependent on an organization. C'mon grow a brain and look out for you and yours.
I figured since ARH is supposed to be this big wonderful company that they would have a defined benefit pension plan that provides their employees a monthly retirement that amounts to something. My point is that some of you act like ARH is the greatest employer around, but other than getting free services at ARH facilities, the benefits are really not that great. The pay there is decent, but it takes almost 3 years to reach standard pay and the raises are minuscule so is it really that much more? The headaches that come along with working there are just not worth it.
Amen

Harlan, KY

#29 Mar 24, 2010
hospital wrote:
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I figured since ARH is supposed to be this big wonderful company that they would have a defined benefit pension plan that provides their employees a monthly retirement that amounts to something. My point is that some of you act like ARH is the greatest employer around, but other than getting free services at ARH facilities, the benefits are really not that great. The pay there is decent, but it takes almost 3 years to reach standard pay and the raises are minuscule so is it really that much more? The headaches that come along with working there are just not worth it.
You said it. That's the truth. That place is a hell hole!
warmhearted

London, KY

#30 Mar 24, 2010
well i love arh ,i used to work there before i got sick .i would go back today if i was able.i was a nurse aide i made 12 something a hour but i was there because i enjoyed taking care of people an seeing them get well was worth being there an working my but off .love you arh.

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