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Striking nurses picket in front of Eastern Maine Medical Center along State Street in Bangor in 2010.

EMMC nurses union plans picket as contract expires

By Dawn Gagnon on May 04, 2012, at 8:50 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — The one-year contract between Eastern Maine Medical Center and its roughly 850 unionized nurses expired at midnight Thursday and nurses now are gearing up for “informational picketing” at three locations later this month. Contract provisions remain in place, however, and talks with a federal mediator are expected …
Cokie Giles, president of the board of the Maine State Nurses Association, fields questions from reporters Thursday afternoon in Monument Square. The Maine State Nurses Association joined the larger National Nurses United in supporting the Occupy movement Thursday, bringing supplies to the Occupy Maine encampment in Portland.

Nurses donate supplies to Occupy Maine, rally for tax on stock trades

By Seth Koenig on Oct. 27, 2011, at 3:57 p.m.
PORTLAND, Maine — A group of about a dozen nurses delivered supplies to the Occupy Maine encampment in Portland on Thursday and lent their voices to a growing call for America to implement a tax on Wall Street transactions. Cokie Giles, president of the board of the Maine State Nurses …

Contract agreement between nurses, EMMC  ‘a great relief’

By Meg Haskell on April 29, 2011, at 5:17 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Neither side was willing to talk details, but negotiators for both Eastern Maine Medical Center and for the 830 unionized nurses who work there said on Friday they were relieved to have reached an 11th hour agreement for a one-year contract, thereby averting a threatened five-day work …

As lockout looms, EMMC, nurses seek common ground

By Meg Haskell on April 28, 2011, at 4:04 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Negotiators for Eastern Maine Medical Center and the unionized registered nurses who work there resumed negotiations Thursday morning, despite the hospital’s announcement shortly after midnight that the deadline had passed and it was too late to avert a threatened five-day work stoppage. As of 5 p.m. Thursday, …

Nurses, EMMC fail to agree; strike, lockout likely to begin May 5

BDN staff reports on April 28, 2011, at 5:48 a.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Contract talks between administrators at Eastern Maine Medical Center and its nurses union failed to produce an agreement in time to avoid a nursing strike planned for May 5, the hospital announced early Thursday. While it seemed progress was being made earlier Wednesday evening the two sides …
At the Bangor Public Library open forum Monday evening, the predominant color was red in support of the EMMC nurses who voted for a strike in response to an impass in labor negotiations.

EMMC nurses risking five-day lockout as they plan second strike

By Meg Haskell on April 26, 2011, at 8:40 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — With the second nursing strike in six months looming next week, the rhetoric is heating up between administrators at Eastern Maine Medical Center and the approximately 830 unionized registered nurses who work there. The nurses’ threatened one-day strike is set for May 5, with a previously scheduled …
Proponents of Maine Gov. Paul LePage's proposals to change the pension system gathered in the Hall of Flags at the State House in Augusta, Maine, on Wednesday, March 2, 2011.

LePage budget draws fire from state workers, retirees

By Kevin Miller on March 02, 2011, at 12:38 p.m.
AUGUSTA, Maine — Saying they are not to blame for Maine’s budget woes, state employees and retirees called upon lawmakers to reject proposed changes to Maine’s pension and retirement system during the first day of hearings on the LePage administration’s $6.1 billion spending plan. Wednesday’s crowded hearing before the Appropriations …

EMMC officials, nurses meet but can’t solve standoff

By Meg Haskell on Feb. 28, 2011, at 6:17 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Once again, unionized nurses working without a contract and administrators at Eastern Maine Medical Center failed to reach an agreement after the two sides reconvened on Monday to resume stalled negotiations. Negotiating teams have been meeting since last August to draft acceptable contract language, but talks quickly …

As negotiations are set to resume, nurses take aim at EMMC claims

By Meg Haskell on Feb. 23, 2011, at 11:41 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A few days before their next contract negotiation session, unionized nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center on Wednesday took aim at administrators’ claims that staffing levels at the 400-bed hospital are in keeping with — and often higher than — nationally accepted standards. Contract talks with a …

EMMC nurses return to bedsides after strike, lockout

By Meg Haskell on Nov. 23, 2010, at 3:23 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Registered nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center returned to their patients on Tuesday following a two-day lockout on Saturday and Sunday and a one-day strike on Monday. Though the drama of the three-day work stoppage and a flown-in work force of 215 temporary replacement nurses induced heated …
Nurses picket in the front of Eastern Maine Medical Center along State Street in Bangor Monday morning.

EMMC nurses strike in front of hospital

By Meg Haskell on Nov. 22, 2010, at 8:14 a.m.
BANGOR,  Maine — With hundreds of nurses picketing outside in a cold rain for increased staff, administrators at Eastern Maine Medical Center said Monday that a three-day nursing work stoppage that began Saturday morning and is scheduled to wrap up at 7 Tuesday morning has proceeded smoothly and without any …
Nurses from Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor prepare picket signs in the basement of the Bangor Motor Inn on Saturday. The group has been locked out of the State Street hospital and will picket the campus on Monday.

EMMC nurses set to start Monday strike

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 21, 2010, at 9:37 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — By the time most people finish their first first cup of coffee Monday, nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center will already be picketing outside the hospital. The nurses are holding a one-day strike, beginning at 7 a.m., to push for changes in patient-to-nurse staffing levels and other …
Nurses from Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor prepare picket signs in the basement of the Bangor Motor Inn on Saturday. The group has been locked out of the State Street hospital and will picket the campus on Monday.

EMMC locks out nurses

By Nok-Noi Ricker on Nov. 20, 2010, at 1:01 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — A group of Eastern Maine Medical Center nurses — some dressed in their work scrubs — showed up for work early Saturday morning even though they had received a notice saying they would not be allowed into the hospital. The nurses, who plan to hold a one-day …

Nurses group files complaint against EMMC

By Meg Haskell on Nov. 19, 2010, at 10:31 p.m.
The Maine State Nurses Association announced Friday that it has filed an unfair labor practice charge against Eastern Maine Medical Center with the National Labor Relations Board. The complaint alleges the hospital engaged in delaying tactics by refusing to provide patient care records that would support the nurses’ assertion that …
Judy Brown, president of the local nurses union Unit 1

EMMC nurses to strike Nov. 22, citing failed talks

By Meg Haskell on Nov. 09, 2010, at 6:54 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Dissatisfied with stalemated contract negotiations, unionized nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center have planned a one-day strike to take place on Monday, Nov. 22. The date of the strike was decided at a meeting of the nurses on Monday night. Nurses will hand-deliver the required 10-day notification …

EMMC nurses reject contract deal, plan 1-day strike

By Dawn Gagnon on Nov. 04, 2010, at 6:11 p.m.
BANGOR — Unionized nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center have rejected the hospital’s “last, best and final” contract offer and now are gearing up for a one-day strike to protest what they contend is a serious understaffing problem at EMMC. The announcement came after two days of voting on Wednesday …

Nurses to picket Bangor hospital

By Meg Haskell on Oct. 08, 2010, at 12:59 p.m.
BANGOR, Maine — Off-duty registered nurses covered by the union contract at Eastern Maine Medical Center plan to picket the hospital on Monday, Oct. 11. The purpose of the demonstration is “informational,” according Vanessa Sylvester of the Maine State Nurses Association, intended to raise public awareness of ongoing contract negotiations …

Presque Isle nurses authorize strike if contract conditions not met

By Jen Lynds on Sept. 24, 2010, at 4:55 p.m.
Nurses at The Aroostook Medical Center have voted to authorize a strike if a growing dispute over safe staffing at the Academy Street facility is not met by early next month …
 
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