I am pleased to the report that the Mendocino Coast District Hospital Board of Directors, on my recommendation, today agreed to reinstate the 3% pay increase for our staff that is included in the current memorandum of understanding with the United Food and Commercial Workers Union (UFCW).
The 3% pay increase will apply to all bargaining unit and non-bargaining unit employees except for one (me) and will be effective on July 8, 2012. Employees will see the increase on your next pay check which will be released on July 27.
I am taking this action because I know that it is up to me to change the collision course that we are currently on. By taking this action I have asked UFCW, and our other creditors, to commit to participation in the mediation process that has already been set up and scheduled to occur in the first week of August.
I am committing that I will do whatever is humanly possible for me to do to keep MCDH out of bankruptcy, including developing a recovery plan that MCDH and our creditors can live with.
I view bankruptcy as a lose-lose-lose situation for our hospital, our community and our employees. The only thing worse than bankruptcy is closure of our hospital. Neither course is acceptable. Our hospital is too important to our loyal staff, our community and to our entire region, to fail.