The deal will include wage increases and union security, according to initial reports.
PORTLAND, Maine — Nurses at Maine Medical Center have reached a “tentative agreement” on their first union contract, negotiators say.
The news was shared Wednesday in an announcement to union members obtained by NEWS CENTER Maine and confirmed by Maine State Nurses Association representative Todd Ricker.
He said under the agreement, nurses in the bargaining unit would receive a seven per cent wage increase in the first year of the contract and union security. All nurses would receive a cumulative increase of 15% over the next three years.
This would be in addition to important salary increases announced by the MaineHealth system in July.
The Maine Medical Center further confirmed the tentative agreement in a press release Thursday.
“Maine Medical Center is pleased to reach a tentative contract agreement with the union representing nurses at its Bramhall, Brighton and Scarborough campuses,” Chief Nursing Officer Devin Carr said in the statement. “We look forward to early ratification by members of the bargaining unit.”
The tentative contract agreement comes after a vote in Augusta to keep the nurses’ union going. Nurses voted 1,108 to 387 on Aug. 17-18 to recertify the union at Maine Medical Center.
The August vote was the second time nurses have weighed in on keeping the union contract, and support has risen 14% over the past year and a half.
According to Wednesday’s announcement, a final ratification vote to finalize the contract is scheduled for next Wednesday and Thursday.
This story is developing and will be updated as information becomes available.
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