MMH Board of Managers and RNs Ratify NYSNA 3-Year Agreement
The Massena Memorial Hospital Board of Managers is pleased to announce the joint ratification of a new four-year collective bargaining agreement with the New York State Nurses Association. The Board of Managers approved the package at the July Board meeting Monday night. The local Registered Nurses, working at the hospital, ratified the agreement on Friday, August 17, 2012.
The agreement, which affects 106 registered professional nurses at Massena Memorial Hospital, represents a 5% increase to wages and benefits, throughout the duration of the contract. The registered nurses will receive a 1% increase the first year, 2% increase the second year, and 2% the third year; additionally each full time Registered Nurse will receive an $600 ratification incentive and part time RNs will receive a prorated ratification incentive.
“After several sessions, we are pleased to have reached an agreement,” says Jonnie Dorothy, Senior Director of Human Resources. “We are satisfied with the end result and look forward to working together to further enhance the care we give to our patients.”
“We acknowledge the value of these healthcare professionals at a time when there is a continuous shortage of experienced Registered Nurses,” said Charles F. Fahd, II, Chief Executive Officer. “We are very pleased with the final outcome of the negotiation sessions with our RN union team, management, and the Hospital Personnel Committee. All worked hard to arrive at a fair and equitable agreement. We look forward to working with our RNs under this three year contract.”
“I am very pleased we were able to reach an agreement with the RNs which will ensure that MMH maintains an excellent nursing staff. MMH has highly qualified and dedicated nursing staff throughout the units,” said Sue Beaulieu, R.N. Chief Nurse Executive. “Our nurses are caring and compassionate and I truly believe Massena Memorial Hospital has the best nursing staff in the North Country”
Joe Ward, R.N, MMH NYSNA President, said on behalf of the hospital nurses, “On August 16 and 17, the NYSNA membership voted to ratify the contract overwhelmingly. We are pleased with the terms and satisfied with the overall outcome.”
Other benefits within the three year agreement include on-call pay, health insurance changes, a per diem differential and an education differential. The total increase cost of the three-year term of the contract is valued at over $750,000.
NYSNA Bargaining team members included Ward, Cathy Thomas, R.N., Val Skomsky, R.N., Bobbi Jo Lauber, R.N., Krista Cecot, R.N., and NYSNA Labor Representative Annie Rutsky.
Representing the hospital included: Fahd, Beaulieu, Dorothy, Sean Curtin, Chief Financial Officer, Mark Brouillette, Senior Director of Ancillary Services, Tina Corcoran, Senior Director of Public Relations/Planning, Zach Chapman, Senior Director Practice Management and Labor Attorney Laurie Johnston.