HARRISBURG, Pa., March 1 /PRNewswire/ -- Employees of Northwestern Human
Services (NHS), Pennsylvania's largest provider of mental health and mental
retardation services, have voted to accept their first contract. The
three-and-a-half year agreement was negotiated by AFSCME, the American
Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, on behalf of
approximately 1500 NHS employees across Pennsylvania.
The final margin was 20:1 in favor of accepting the agreement, which
outlines increases in pay and benefits for the agency's mental health
professionals, mental health non-professionals, and mental retardation
"Both the spirit of this partnership and the terms of this agreement
should be held as a national model in labor-management relations," said M.
Joseph Rocks, Chief Executive Officer of NHS. A provider of community-based
treatment programs for addiction, mental health, mental retardation,
children's services and juvenile justice, NHS operates more than 400 treatment
facilities throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Ohio, and Virginia.
"This agreement is a victory for our members and for the clients they
serve," said David Fillman, Executive Director of AFSCME Council 13, which
represents nearly 65,000 public service employees in the Commonwealth.
SOURCE AFSCME Council 13