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Noteworthy news from the negotiationg table

From the Massachusetts Nurse Newsletter
April/May 2012 Edition

Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates

The MNA nurses at Harvard Vanguard Medical Associates recently ratified a new two-year agreement. Highlights include:

  • 1 percent across-the-board increases in both years of the contract
  • A 1.5 percent increase for NPs/CNS and midwives in year one
  • A lump-sum bonus of 2 percent annual base pay
  • Additional bonus payments for members at top of scale
  • Continuation of the existing paid time-off program

Cooley Dickinson

The MNA members at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton recently ratified a new three-year agreement. Highlights include:

  • Step increases in all three years of the contract
  • A 1 percent ratification bonus
  • A 1 percent increase to step 30 in years one and two
  • An across-the-board increase of 1 percent in the last two years of the contract
  • Language that creates a joint committee to review the hospital’s staffing grids, as well as language guaranteeing that the hospital provide a quarterly report that outlines key staffing data
  • An agreement on successor language, which will protect the unionized nurses and their contract should the hospital come under new ownership
  • Improvements in health and safety language, as well as improvements in workplace violence language

Mercy Medical

The registered nurses of Mercy Medical Center in Springfield recently ratified a three-year contract.

The nurses gained an across-the-board wage increase in each year and were also able to get improvements in language covering safe patient handling, on-call, how prime time vacations are handled and an expansion of labor management meetings.