The union representing 2,000 nurses at Maine Medical Center has reached a tentative agreement with hospital management on the union’s initial contract, with both sides agreeing to 15% raises over three years.
The three-year tentative agreement comes weeks after an August 18 vote to decertify the union failed 76% to 24%. The union was formed in May 2021.
If ratified by union members as planned, the nurses will get a pay rise of 7% in the first year and 15% over the duration of the contract. The new contract would also address issues of “workplace safety, wages, benefits and working conditions,” the Maine State Nurses Association said in a statement.
“The momentum from our huge recertification win gave us the final momentum we needed to get this deal done,” Nadine Kern, a union bargaining team member and Maine Med critical care nurse, said in a statement. “Nurses are more engaged and unified than ever. It is our unity that makes us strong.
Devin Carr, chief nursing officer at Maine Medical Center, said in a statement that the hospital is “pleased to reach a tentative contract agreement with the union representing nurses at its Bramhall, Brighton and Scarborough campuses. We look forward to early ratification by members of the bargaining unit.
Union-represented nurses work at Maine Medical Center on Bramhall Street in Portland, the hospital’s satellite campus on Brighton Avenue in Portland and its Scarborough Surgery Center.
The nurses will hold a contract ratification vote next week. The agreement provides for guaranteed breaks and meal times and puts an end to the mandatory rotations between day shifts and night shifts.
“After more than 30 bargaining sessions over 13 months, we are excited about the positive changes our first collective agreement will bring to nurses and patients,” said Mary Kate O’Sullivan, Bargaining Team Member and medical-surgical nurse. in Maine Med.