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Wednesday, February 7, 2007
Brockton Hospital nurses ratify contract
Brockton Hospital nurses voted to ratify a three-year contract yesterday, according to the Massachusetts Nurses Association.
The agreement, reached on a 174-14 vote, includes an across-the-board salary increase of 10 percent (half retroactive for 2006 and half for 2007), plus other adjustments that add up to total wage increases over the three years of between 13 percent and 23 percent, depending on a nurse's seniority.
The starting hourly wage will rise to $25.60, up from $22.50, and the top wage will be $47.96, up from $39.01. The contract also includes tuition reimbursements for nurses, and will step up the use of temporary nurses on nights and weekends.
"We are pleased to have reached an agreement that will provide a competitive pay scale with other area hospitals, which is an important step towards stemming the loss of nurses from this facility," said Kathy Metzger, an operating room nurse and co-chair of the nurses' local bargaining unit.
"We're very pleased to have reached this settlement," said hospital spokesman Rich Copp. "Our nurses are an integral part of this organization and the wages and benefits under this contract ensure they receive one of the most competitive compensation packages in the region."