Contra Costa County nurses reach tentative agreement: 7 things to know

Nurses at Contra Costa Regional Medical Center, a public hospital in Martinez, Calif., and clinics across Contra Costa County have reached a tentative two-year contract agreement with management, according to Contra Costa Times report.

Here are seven things to know about the contract.

1. The contract would cover more than 900 nurses represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, most of which work at the county hospital in Martinez.

2. Nurses affected by the contract include registered nurses, public health nurses, "per diem" nurses who don't receive benefits but get a higher base wage than other nurses, and nurse practitioners, according to the report.

3. The contract includes a 16 percent pay raise and no reductions in healthcare or retirement benefits.

4. Nurses believe the contract should help keep nurses from leaving for better-paying jobs, according to the report.

5. John Gioia, a member of the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, said the agreement is fair for the nurses and does not put financial strain on the county, according to the Contra Costa Times.

6. Union members are set to vote this week on the agreement.

7. The contract was reached after nearly a year and a half of bargaining. Last month, the nurses went on a two-day strike.



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