Providence Milwaukie Hospital announced that SEIU-represented caregivers voted May 7 to ratify the tentative agreement reached earlier in the week.

“As an employer, Providence works to provide market-competitive pay and benefits for all of our caregivers — not just those who choose to be represented.”

The hospital said in a press release that its goals were to ensure that the hospital remains a place that provides high-quality care with a strong and stable workplace for every caregiver. The hospital management argued that to make that happen they needed to give additional compensation for high-performing caregivers; ensuring that caregivers could choose to join or not join a union; and maintaining market-competitive compensation and benefits.

The agreement, according to the release, succeeded in all those areas. Represented caregivers will receive increases of 2% the first year, and 1.5% in the second and third years of the agreement. There are also provision for merit increases (based on performance) and market adjustments to compensation as needed.

The agreement covers about 170 caregivers, including certified nursing assistants (CNAs), environmental services, and dietary/nutrition services.