Brigham and Women's Hospital nurses give final OK to contract agreement

Nurses at Boston-based Brigham and Women's Hospital have ratified a tentative contract agreement reached in June that averted a planned strike.

The 3,300 nurses, represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, voted July 20 to approve a three-year agreement.

The agreement includes a 2.5 percent increase to nurses at the top of the pay scale, as well as a 2 percent raise for all nurses over three years, the MNA said in a statement. The union said the agreement also protects safe patient care and enhances hospital security.

The agreement follows 10 months of negotiations between the hospital and nurses. Nurses had planned to stage a one-day strike, beginning at 7 a.m. June 27. However, the union reached the tentative agreement with the hospital one day before the strike was scheduled, averting what would have been the largest nurse strike in the state's history.


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