The third time was the charm in the long process to hammer out a new contract for Kenmore Mercy Hospital’s registered nurses.
The roughly 280 nurses, represented by Communications Workers of America Local 1133, ratified a new four-year contract that will give them pay raises totaling 10 percent over the next four years. The agreement, which runs through January 2017, also will maintain their pension benefits and includes health insurance coverage that is expected to reduce the nurses’ premium costs.
The contract approval came after the nurses had twice before rejected tentative contract agreements by wide margins.
“This has been a long process,” said James Millard, Kenmore Mercy’s president and chief executive officer, in a statement. “This ratification enables us to provide competitive wages and benefits for our nurses, while positioning Kenmore Mercy Hospital for success under health reform.”
The two sides began negotiations last November and, after the second tentative contract was rejected in March, met with a federal mediator earlier this month.