Nurses and hospital plan to resume negotiations
BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The nurses’ union and the University of Vermont Medical Center are planning to resume negotiations after nurses went on a two-day strike.
The two parties were planning to meet Tuesday evening.
They have been negotiating since March 29, but remain far apart on the issue of pay.
The union is seeking about a 23 percent pay increase over three years. The Medical Center has offered about a 13 percent pay increase over three years.
The union maintains higher wages are necessary to recruit and retain nurses and support staff and “address a crisis of understaffing.”
A breakdown in talks led the 1,800 nurses to strike on July 12 and 13. Hospital administrators brought in outside nurses during the strike and say most hospital operations were unaffected by it.
This story has been corrected to show the strike was July 12 and 13 and the union is now seeking a 23 percent pay increase, not 24 percent, and the hospital has offered about a 13 percent pay increase, not 14 percent.