More than 260 hospital workers in San Andreas have ratified a new contract with Dignity Health, as part of an agreement that covers 15,000 Dignity health care workers throughout the state, union representatives announced Monday.

The agreement was the product of negotiations that began in January.

Officially, the agreement covers the 266 housekeepers, certified nursing assistants, respiratory therapists, surgical technicians and other hospital workers covered by the Service Employees International Union-United Healthcare Workers West, said union representative Sean Wherley.

The agreement will give workers fully paid family health care, which was a point of contention during negotiations, according to a news release from the union. Workers will also receive 13 percent raises over the span of the agreement, a 1 percent bonus in the second year and will maintain current pension benefits.

Dignity Health will also contribute $500,000 for training to allow workers to “stay up-to-date with the changing health care environment and advance their careers.”

In a press release, Darryl Robinson, executive vice president and chief human resources officer, with Dignity Health stated that the agreement “honors our commitment to our employees while acknowledging the significant challenges Dignity Health and employers everywhere in the U.S. face with the increasing cost of health care.”

The new agreement will be in effect until April of 2023.

The previous contract was set to expire at the end of next month, Wherley said.

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