Nurses at Washington's Yakima Valley Memorial Set to Picket Over Contract

Nurses at Yakima (Wash.) Valley Memorial Hospital plan to picket outside the hospital as negotiations for a new contract have stalled between the administration and the nurses' union, according to a KNDO report.

The nurses' union is asking for a 2 percent pay raise for every year of the new contract and to continue their defined benefits plan rather than converting to a 401(k), the report said. It is also asking for mandatory union membership for nurses.

However, the Yakima Valley Memorial administration has walked away from the bargaining table, and it said it thinks any nurse should be able to choose whether or not to join a union.

There has been a pension and wage freeze as of July 1, and nurses have pointed to CEO Rick Linneweh's 2008 compensation, when he made $3 million, as an argument against the current freezes.

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