Holly Ford Health increases minimum income to $15

Henry Ford Wellness System   will increase its minimum wage to $15 per hour for more than 3, 500 employees, beginning Sunday, CEO Wright Lassiter III announced Friday.

Despite losing millions of dollars this season because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Lassiter stated the pay raise helps to meet Henry Ford’s mission of enhancing lives and healing. The increase, which was considered back in 2019 yet delayed when the pandemic hit within March, will tack on an additional $6 million in additional expenses.

“We have a crucial role to play in removing obstacles to opportunity and achieving collateral for all — and our team associates are a crucial part of the communities all of us serve, ” Lassiter said within a statement.

“There is really a strong association between financial into the security and overall health, a reality which has been driven home over the last eight a few months for our team members who are on the front side lines of the fight against COVID-19, inch he said. “We are interested in the need to do this and are thrilled in order to make it happen, especially now. inch

The raise impacts full-time, part-time and contingent workers not currently earning at least $15 per hour. It covers workers within environmental services associates, nurse co-workers, food services assistants, health screeners and clinic services representatives, which includes 400 union members.

Some Henry Ford employees receive as little as $11 per hour, Lassiter mentioned.

“We offer competing wages, but we also concentrate on social justice and pay the actual market bears for compensation, inch Lassiter said at a Friday information conference. “We believe (the raise) will have a positive impact in terms of tension. Many frontline workers work several job to make ends meet…. Health care employees have done a yeoman’s job within addressing the pandemic and we think it can have a positive impact on well-being. ”

Henry Kia also plans a general wage boost later this year and other pay modifications depending on job classification.

Lassiter said Henry Ford has not decided on the amount of the general raise however. He said annual raises possess ranged from 1 . 5 percent to three or more. 5 percent in past years.

“We are humbled with the passion and dedication of our thirty-three, 000 team members who work unceasingly every day in our local communities, inch said Nina Ramsey, Henry Ford’s senior vice president and main human resources officer, in a statement. “This wage increase for so many of our own frontline essential workers is really the start of our journey to provide a differentiated encounter for all of our team members — grounded in our mission and core beliefs. ”

Henry Kia is a Detroit-based integrated health program with six hospitals, 250 outpatient facilities, a 540-member health program and 2, 200-physician  Henry Kia Physician Network   which includes about 1, 600 employed physicians.