Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Reach Contract Agreement with SEIU United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW)

Union Represents 1,404 Employees at Hospitals

For Release: September 01, 2011

-- Stanford Hospital & Clinics and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital have reached a new three-year contract agreement with employees represented by the SEIU United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) union.  The SEIU-UHW membership, which represents 1,404 out of 10,489 employees at the hospitals in jobs such as housekeeping, food service, nursing assistants and technicians, ratified the contract in a vote on Wednesday, August 31.

"We are incredibly pleased to have reached an agreement for a three-year contract with SEIU-UHW,” said Dale Spartz, Vice President of Human Resources at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, and Greg Souza, Vice President of Human Resources at Packard Children’s in a joint statement. “This contract preserves the hospitals’ ability to maintain high quality patient care and provides employees with competitive wages and benefits. The new contract balances our responsibility to our patients, our employees and our community.”

The new agreement calls for increases in wages and benefits. Highlights include:

  • 7.5% wage increase over the length of the contact. (1st Year - 3%: 2% at ratification and 1% at 6 months from ratification; 2nd Year - 2%; 3rd Year - 2.5%)
  • Retirement:  Increase the matching rate for employees with 10 years of pension-eligible service from 4 to 5%.
  • Increased the number of employees eligible to receive the Kaiser HMO plan (or its replacement HMO plan) at no cost.

“We wish to thank our SEIU-UHW employees and their leadership,” said Spartz and Souza. “There could not have been an agreement without their support and dedication to the patients and families we serve. We value all of our employees and are pleased that we could reach a contract agreement that is fair and equitable for all.”


About Stanford Children’s Health and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford

Stanford Children’s Health, with Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford at its core, is the largest Bay Area health care enterprise exclusively dedicated to children and expectant mothers. Long recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s best, we are a leader in world-class, nurturing care and extraordinary outcomes in every pediatric and obstetric specialty, with care ranging from the routine to rare, regardless of a family’s ability to pay. Together with our Stanford Medicine physicians, nurses, and staff, we can be accessed through partnerships, collaborations, outreach, specialty clinics and primary care practices at more than 60 locations in Northern California and 100 locations in the U.S. western region. As a non-profit, we are committed to supporting our community – from caring for uninsured or underinsured kids, homeless teens and pregnant moms, to helping re-establish school nurse positions in local schools. Learn more at and on our Healthier, Happy Lives blog. You can also discover how we are Building the Hospital of the Future. Join us on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube.


About Stanford Hospital & Clinics
Stanford Hospital & Clinics, located in Palo Alto, California with multiple facilities throughout the region, is internationally renowned for leading edge and coordinated care in cancer, neurosciences, cardiovascular medicine, surgery, organ transplant, medicine specialties and primary care. Stanford Hospital is an academic medical institution of Stanford University School of Medicine. Throughout its history, Stanford has been at the forefront of discovery and innovation, as researchers and clinicians work together to improve health, alleviate suffering, and translate medical breakthroughs into better ways to deliver patient care. Stanford Hospital & Clinics:  Healing humanity through science and compassion, one patient at a time. For more information, visit: