BANGOR, Maine — Eastern Maine Medical Center and the union that represents nurses there have reached a tentative agreement for a new three-year contract, according to a news re1983334lease from EMMC spokesman Andy Soucier early Wednesday morning.
EMMC and Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United have been unable to reach a contract since the old contract expired May 30.
“This agreement is the result of compromises on both sides,” said Deborah Carey Johnson, EMMC president and CEO, in the press release. “It is a responsible contract for the hospital and community and acknowledges our nurses’ essential contribution to patient care. The agreement ensures we can remain focused on our greatest priority: providing high quality care to our patients.”
The nurses union, which represents about 858 nurses at EMMC, has said the main issue was getting better staffing rates, which they said would decrease injuries, infections and bedsores among patients. The hospital said nurses were also seeking better compensation. No details of the tentative contract have been released.
The union was planning to go on strike July 13-14.
EMMC’s bargaining team must now bring the tentative contract to its Board of Directors, the release said, and the union’s bargaining team will bring the contract to its members to be ratified.
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