Virginia nurses ratify new contractNurses at Essentia Health-Virginia ratified a contract on Tuesday that will give them an 8.25 percent raise over three years.
By: John Lundy, Duluth News Tribune
Nurses at Essentia Health-Virginia ratified a contract on Tuesday that will give them an 8.25 percent raise over three years.
The Minnesota Nurses Association, which represents 120 nurses at the hospital, announced the agreement in a news release this morning.
The contract also includes improved health benefits and spells out “language that sets standards for enough nurses to be on duty to take care of patients and their conditions,” the news release said.
Duluth-based Essentia Health had announced a tentative contract agreement on Nov. 21.
The nurses had been working under a 2011 contract that expired on July 31. Talks with management began on Aug. 9, according to Denise Armstrong, co-chairwoman of the nurses’ negotiating committee.
Duluth-based Essentia Health and the nurses have been operating under the contract that began when the hospital was Virginia Regional Medical Center, owned by the city of Virginia. Essentia has been operating the hospital since late last year.