Bon Secours Mercy Health raising its minimum wage to $15 by 2022

'It's the right thing to do'
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Posted at 1:43 PM, Dec 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-20 13:43:13-05

Bon Secours Mercy Health announced Friday it will raise the minimum wage for its U.S. employees to $15 by 2022.

“It’s the right thing to do for our associates and it’s one more way that we ensure Bon Secours Mercy Health is the place where people want to work, sharing their talents, skills and passions in support of Jesus’ healing ministry,” said Chief Human Resources Officer Joe Gage in a news release.

The health system said it will take a “phased approach” to increasing wages for about 8,100 of its 60,000 employees.

The changes will amount to $17 million in additional pay for its associates over the next three years.

The changes will not affect union workers, whose wages are negotiated as part of collective bargaining agreements, and the company’s Ireland market.

“We are proud to provide our associates a dignified livelihood, which includes a competitive living wage, affordable access to health care, and other programs that support their well-being, in body, mind and spirit,” Gage said Friday.