"I am very pleased to see the successful completion of negotiations between BryLin Hospitals and 1199SEIU. The results of these negotiations will now position BryLin to once again be competitive within the community in its recruitment efforts,” stated Eric D. Pleskow, President/CEO for BryLin Hospitals. The contract includes wage increases between 9.5% and almost 17% over the three years of the contract and an increase in the employer payments to health insurance for workers and their families. Negotiations for a training fund to upgrade skills or certifications will be discussed before the end of 2006. The new collective bargaining agreement will expire on July 1, 2008. BryLin Hospitals started on the corner of Linwood and Bryant in 1955 as a 35 bed facility caring for the emotionally ill under the guidance and vision of Leonard Pleskow, BryLin’s Founder. Over the past 50 years, BryLin has expanded its services to meet the increasing needs of the community and now offers programs in general psychiatry, child and adolescent psychiatry, older adult and women’s behavioral health, dual diagnosis, and substance abuse treatment for adolescents and adults. Still family owned, BryLin Hospitals remains the only private psychiatric hospital in Western New York under the direction of Eric D. Pleskow, President/CEO. 1199 SEIU represents approximately 160 health care, dietary, service, and maintenance workers at BryLin. 1199 SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East, is New York State’s largest organization of health care workers, with 260,000 members in the Northeast. (Buffalo, N.Y.) – 1199 SEIU members at BryLin Hospitals have overwhelmingly approved a new contract, effective immediately. The union bargaining committee worked closely with management to create an agreement ensuring BryLin’s financial security, while still offering workers significant improvements. "This agreement is significant on two fronts”, stated Kathy Ville, Administrative Organizer for 1199SEIU. “First the dedicated health care workers and BryLin management have settled on a path leading to financial recovery for the Hospital. And second, BryLin will now be able to retain dedicated staff and attract necessary health care workers allowing for BryLin to continue serving this community. This is a good day for Buffalo and health care in general."