UVM Medical Center and Nurses Union Reach New Contractual Agreement

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The University of Vermont Medical Center and the nurses’ union have reached a new two-year contract for nursing employees. The contract, which runs until July 2024, includes ratification and retention bonuses as well as increased on-call pay and differential pay for staff. It also includes the previously announced 10% pay increase for the hospital’s nearly 2,000 nurses, with further increases of 5% in October 2022 and again in October 2023 for a total of 20%. The deal will cost UVM about $70 million over two years as it struggles to retain nursing staff amid unprecedented staffing challenges caused in part by the COVID-19 pandemic. UVM says one of the goals of the contract is to improve the recruitment and retention of nurses, which will further reduce costs by reducing the hospital’s reliance on traveling nurses.

The University of Vermont Medical Center and the nurses’ union have reached a new two-year contract for nursing employees.

The contract, which runs until July 2024, includes ratification and retention bonuses as well as increased on-call pay and differential pay for staff.

It also includes the previously announced 10% pay increase for the hospital’s nearly 2,000 nurses, with further increases of 5% in October 2022 and again in October 2023 for a total of 20%.

The deal will cost UVM about $70 million over two years as it struggles to retain nursing staff amid unprecedented staffing challenges caused in part by the COVID-19 pandemic.

UVM says one of the goals of the contract is to improve the recruitment and retention of nurses, which will lead to further savings by reducing the hospital’s reliance on traveling nurses.

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