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National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) and Queen of the Valley Ratify First Contract


[NAPA, CA. – April 6, 2020] – We are pleased to share that caregivers represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) at Queen of the Valley Medical Center voted to approve a first contract.

The hospital and union have been meeting at the bargaining table several times a month since negotiations began in August 2018. Larry Coomes, chief executive at Queen of the Valley, reiterated his gratitude to the hospital and community for their patience and support in reaching an agreement.

“We want to acknowledge and thank all the team members from Queen of the Valley and NUHW who worked together to create a fair and equitable first contract,” said Coomes. “Your commitment enabled us to get to where we are today.”

The four-year agreement covers the period from ratification through April 2024 and reflects the hospital’s commitment to ensuring an exceptional workplace experience for our caregivers.

“The agreement includes competitive wages and benefits, professional growth opportunities, and ensures a safe and respectful work environment,” said Coomes. “Together, we will continue to carry out our mission of providing safe, compassionate care during this unprecedented and challenging time.”

About Queen of the Valley Medical Center

Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a 208-bed, acute-care facility founded by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. The Queen is the largest health care facility and one of the largest employers in Napa County. Services provided include a regional heart center; orthopedic center and cancer center approved with commendations by the American College of Surgeons; the Peggy Herman Neuroscience Center, a neurosurgery program affiliated with UCSF; a Women’s Center; maternity and infant care; inpatient and outpatient minimally invasive surgery; and a full-service emergency department and trauma center, amongst many other specialty services. More information about Queen of the Valley Medical Center can be found at

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