Late Monday Service Employees Iinternational Union Local 205 and Methodist Medical Center agreed to a contract extension lasting throughNovember 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 in a union press release. The parties have been utilizing a federal mediator to help facilitate contract talks.
On Sunday around 150 people gathered to protest the current state of negotiations, according to the release.