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Bargaining Unit Updates

From the Massachusetts Nurse Newsletter
June 2009 Edition

Tufts Medical Center
On June 9, the MNA nurses at Tufts Medical Center voted to approve a two-year, two-month contract with the hospital. After negotiating 25 sessions over the past eight months, and culminating with a 22-hour marathon negotiation session that included the help of a federal mediator, they came to an agreement on a settlement package that met many of the issues the members said were most important.

  Negotiating committee members at Tufts Medical Center with the new contract. From left, Eileen Agranat, Janet Coates, Barbara Tiller and Helen Keaney.

Highlights of the settlement include:

  • No cuts to health insurance benefits
  • No mandatory cancellation of shifts
  • Limits to flex requirements after three years in the position and the opportunity for flex nurses to buy back hours with holiday and vacation time
  • An opportunity for 50 percent of nurses in cluster positions in a unit to opt out of the program
  • The formation of a “nurse staffing advisory committee” which provides staff nurses a strong voice with a commitment for management and the MNA to work together to resolve staffing concerns
  • A two-year contract with a 2 percent across-the-board pay raise for all nurses one year from the date of a successful ratification
  • A commitment from the hospital recognizing and agreeing with the principles of the “Nurse Practice Act”
  • Protections against a nurse being floated to an unfamiliar unit along with defined guidelines for a dedicated float pool
  • A guaranteed paid professional day of the nurse’s choice for education
  • The committee worked tirelessly to maintain existing benefits while seeking to add important language into the contract—all during a time of severe fiscal limitations. They now look forward to ensuring that nurses understand and utilize these new protections and benefits to their advantage.