Chase Brexton, staff reach bargaining agreement—move follows tumultuous time at Baltimore health facility

Patrick Mutch / Courtesy Chase Brexton Health Care

Chase Brexton Health Care and its 135 employees who are represented by 1199SEIU reached a collective bargaining agreement on Monday, according to a statement released by the organization.

“The Chase Brexton Board of Directors and leadership are pleased to have reached the best possible agreement to uphold the organization’s 40 years of distinctive, patient-focused care,” said Chase Brexton CEO and President Patrick Mutch. “We believe our providers and health care professionals are critical to the sustainability of our organization and are hopeful that the agreement made with 1199SEIU is a foundation that will support their vital work.”

The employees negotiated with Chase Brexton’s management over the past 15 months.

“Our goal was to create a foundation that helps our members provide the quality and individualized care our patients deserve, that is rooted in Chase Brexton’s 40 years of service,” said Stacey Jackson Roberts, a therapist at Chase Brexton and bargaining team member. “Members are encouraged and hopeful that this contract, coupled with changes in management, are a foundation for Chase Brexton to be the health center of choice for patients and health care professionals dedicated to quality care for marginalized communities.”

Chase Brexton was roiled by staff anger over the firings of five mid-level managers by former CEO Richard Larison in 2016. Protests were held outside Chase Brexton’s headquarters and a petition denouncing the firings circulated. The employees voted overwhelmingly to join 1199 SEIU Maryland/DC Division despite management’s opposition. Larison later stepped down.

Upon taking over, Mutch told the Blade in an interview, “I feel that I am making a positive impact every day in building a culture of trust, in ways that I might not have been able to make in previous roles.”

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