Marlborough – UMass Memorial-Marlborough Hospital announced Aug. 25 that the hospital and its employees who are members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) agreed to a new three year contract. The contract will be brought before members of the union in September for ratification.
“It has been a collaborative effort for both parties involved and I want to thank members of both the MNA and administration for their hard work in the contract renewal process,” said Steve Roach, the hospital’s president and CEO. “Our patients remain the central focus of our hospital and all of our caregivers. This agreement allows us to maintain that focus with a renewed emphasis on enhancing our patients’ experience.”
The MNA represents 198 nurses at Marlborough Hospital. Highlights of the tentative agreement include:
The creation of a Marlborough RN Staffing Committee. Its goal will be to review and issue recommendations to hospital management concerning RN staffing concerns that have been brought forward by RNs throughout the hospital.
Reasonable wage increases for nurses, including a 4.5 percent pay increase over the life of the contract.
“We are very pleased with the outcome of the negotiations,” said Julie Lyver, RN and chair of the of the MNA/Marlborough Hospital bargaining unit. “We feel this agreement strengthens our respectful relationship with hospital management.”