Rochester General Hospital (RGH) and the Rochester Union of Nurses & Allied Professionals (RUNAP) met today for our 20th bargaining session since negotiations began in October of last year. The session began just after 10am and ended around 5:30pm. During today’s session, a Federal Mediator was present to assist the parties in their negotiations.

This session followed a productive working session on August 30th focused on staffing at which representatives from RGH and RUNAP participated and discussed both parties staffing proposals.

While RGH had hoped to reach some Tentative Agreements with the union after none were reached in the August 17th session, unfortunately, today the parties were not able to come to any Tentative Agreements. However, RUNAP did present movement on their wage proposal and a number of other proposals.

During the session, RGH presented a package of 13 counterproposals to address some of the open topics that RUNAP has indicated are most important. RGH’s package of proposals included:

RGH also proposed that current 2023 Health, Dental, Vision and Life Insurance rates will remain the same for all RUNAP-represented employees for the remainder of 2023 and will not increase more than 7% in a single calendar year for each succeeding years of the agreement. The proposal also stated that bargaining unit employees are required to use RRH or mail order pharmacies to access all prescriptions, with any exceptions that may be outlined in the healthcare plans offered by RRH.






RGH also resubmitted its package proposal of Management Rights and Union Security from August 11 in the hopes to get to an understanding on these two key proposals.


The Parties also discussed a new set of counterproposals from the Union, including a package proposal with the following items:


What’s Next

RGH and RUNAP are scheduled to meet again for bargaining on September 21st and 27th.  An additional working session to further discuss staffing will be held, likely prior to the next bargaining session. We will issue updates following each of those sessions to keep you informed. You can sign up to receive email or text alerts when a new bargaining update is posted to the website and also submit any questions. Please visit for more information.