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UVM, nurses union reach tentative agreement on contract

September 20, 2018

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The University of Vermont Medical Center has reached a tentative contract agreement with a union representing nurses, after 10 months of negotiations and a two-day nurses’ strike.

Both the hospital and the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals confirmed Wednesday night they had reached a tentative deal, WCAX-TV reported.

“Once again, we stood up and refused to accept Management’s last, best and final offer. We ended the negotiations on our terms,” the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals posted on Facebook.

UVM Medical Center said in a statement the hospital agreed to a contract that includes a 16-percent average base salary increase over three years.

“We are looking forward to implementing the many positive changes that result from the new contract, which will enhance patient care, provide additional support for nurses and allow for new opportunities to advance the nursing profession,” the medical center said.

Higher wages were a sticking point for the contract. The nurses last week sought a 20-percent raise over three years while the hospital had offered a maximum of 15 percent.

The Burlington hospital and the union representing 1,800 nurses have been in talks since March.

The nurses went on a two-day strike in July.

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Information from: WCAX-TV, http://www.wcax.com

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