Meharry Officials, SEIU Union Employees Reach Four-Year Agreement

January 17, 2011

Nashville, Tenn. --- Ranking executives of Meharry Medical College and the leadership of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) signed a collective bargaining agreement today covering Meharry's unionized employees (janitors, tradesmen and administrative professionals).

The four-year agreement was ratified by the union this weekend with a 100 percent vote. Meharry officials attribute the successful agreement to improved working relationships between the two parties that stem from Meharry President and CEO Wayne J. Riley's, M.D., MBA, MPH, MACP, successful resolution to settle the 2007 contract with SEIU after an 18 month impasse.

"The signing of another agreement demonstrates the relentless commitment of the SEIU and Meharry Medical College to ensure a positive and stable working relationship," said Dr. Riley.

Despite the economic downturn, the new agreement allows for increased pay scales and pay for union employees. It also maintains the current 80-20 split on health insurance and adjusts benefit time to allow employees to save some of their unused sick time.

About Meharry Medical College

Meharry Medical College founded in 1876, is the nation's largest private, independent historically black academic health center dedicated to educating minority and other health professionals. True to its heritage, it is a United Methodist Church affiliated institution. The College is particularly well known for its uniquely nurturing, highly effective educational programs; emerging preeminence in health disparities research; culturally sensitive, evidence-based health services and significant contribution to the diversity of the nation's health professions workforce. Meharry is a leading national educator of African Americans with M.D. and D.D.S. degrees and Ph.D. degrees in the biomedical sciences. Visit www.mmc.eduto learn more.