ABHS

American Behavioral Health Systems (ABHS)

 Graphic: A Contract for Better Care

WE HAVE RATIFICATION: MONDAY, JUNE 28, 2021

Congratulations, your tentative agreement (TA) has been ratified with a 93% YES vote!

What now?

As of July 1, your wages will be updated according to the new wage chart and cost-of-living adjustment, which is based on years of service. Shift premium increases, vacation accruals and other gains will also take effect. 

Solidarity made the difference! 

Thank you to all who participated in the ratification vote, wore WFSE T-shirts and signed letters in support of our bargaining team.

There's more work to do, so stay tuned for more communications to continue to improve staffing levels and health and safety standards at ABHS.

VOTING IS OPEN: WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23, 2021

Voting on the ABHS 2021-2023 tentative agreement (TA) is now open.

Read the TA Summary or scroll down to read the full TA.

How to Vote

Use the personalized PIN number that was sent to your personal email address to vote on contract ratification. 

Please visit vote.wfse.org to submit your vote between 11:00 a.m. June 23rd to midnight on Sunday, June 27th.  

Haven't received your PIN?

Please contact the Member Connection Center at 833-622-9373 or [email protected].

WE HAVE A TENTATIVE AGREEMENT: FRIDAY, JUNE 18, 2021

Your ABHS Bargaining Team reached a 2021-2023 tentative agreement (TA) that accomplishes the following:

  • Wage increases of 2% to 25% for most job classifications, on average a $2.00 an hour increase.
  • Year 1 cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) wage increases based on your years of service as of July 1, 2021:
    • 1.5% for 1 full year of service
    • 2% for 2 full years of service
    • 2.5% for 3 full years of service
    • 3% for 4 full years of service
    • 3.5% for 5 to 10 years of service
    • 4% for 10+ years of service
  • Year 2 COLA wage increases based on your years of service as of July 1, 2022:
    • 1.5% for between 1 and 3 years of service
    • 2% for between 3 and 10 years of service
    • 3% for 10+ years of service
  • Longevity raises of $.50 will be awarded for employees on their anniversary dates for the following years: 1, 3, 5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20.
  • Across-the-board increase in shift differential pay and addition of NEW $2.00 an hour weekend premium pay
  • Increased employer contribution of healthcare premium for members with dependents
  • Increased vacation hours and NEW vacation cash out option added
  • Discipline files removed after 3 years instead of 5
  • "Corrective plans" not treated as discipline
  • Minimum 5-day notice of shift cancellation due to low census

Read the full TA Summary.

Read the Full TA.

Our solidarity made the difference.

Thank you for wearing your WFSE green union shirts and pins. Thank you for the letters of support for our bargaining team. And thank you for looking out for your coworkers throughout this pandemic.

You made it possible for us to negotiate the strongest possible contract.

RATIFICATION: YOUR BARGAINING TEAM ENDORSES THE CONTRACT AND ASKS THAT YOU VOTE YES.

We expect the online vote to open on Wednesday, June 23rd. Stay tuned for voting instructions in the coming days.

Questions about the Agreement? 

Join your bargaining team for a Q&A Session over Zoom on Tuesday, June 22nd, 6PM. REGISTER HERE.

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

ABHS BARGAINING KICK-OFF: TUESDAY, MAY 11, 2021

Our elected team will begin negotiations with ABHS management on May 11. Be sure to wear green in support of the team. The team has set priorities based on proposals submitted by union members.

Not a WFSE member? It's not too late to join and participate in the process. Join now!

If you have questions, contact the WFSE MCC at [email protected] or 833-MCC-WFSE (1-833-622-9373).

HELP SECURE A CONTRACT FOR BETTER CARE

MEET YOUR BARGAINING TEAM

Bonnie Spencer
Brittany Wheeler
Doreen Bartley
Fredrick Teitzel
Istvan Feldman
Jeni Fleming
Shauna Loss

CONTRACTS

ABHS Members in Chehalis show their solidarity and proudly sport their 100% Union shirts in support of a strong contract!   Pictured L-R: April Byrd, Aaron Ristow, Doreen Bartley, and April Grace

ABHS Members in Chehalis show their solidarity and proudly sport their 100% Union shirts in support of a strong contract!
Pictured L-R: April Byrd, Aaron Ristow, Doreen Bartley, and April Grace