Delaware County Memorial workers vote in favor of 3-year labor agreement

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Nurses and technicians at Drexel Hill, Pa.-based Delaware County Memorial Hospital ratified a contract agreement with the hospital's owner, Los Angeles-based Prospect Medical Holdings, according to a Delaware County Daily Times report.

The workers, represented by the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Health Professionals, reached a tentative agreement earlier this month. On Thursday, the workers voted 221-10 in favor of ratification, according to the report.

The three-year contract addresses staffing, wages and health insurance, among other issues. It includes annual minimum raises of 2 percent for nurses, while technicians are slated to receive an average raise of 7 percent in the first year of the contract and then 2 percent in each of the subsequent contract years, according to the report. The agreement also maintains health insurance plans and calls for a monthly meeting between hospital officials and nurses "to evaluate staffing conditions and ways to resolve recruitment and retention issues at the facility," the report states.

The contract is set to last through April 20, 2020.



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