Porter Medical Center and Nurses' Union Reaches Contract Agreement

Middlebury, Vt. - The Registered Nurses of the Porter Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals at Porter Medical Center (PMC) voted to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement, their second contract since 2013, according to a release from the union.

The agreement will establish safe staffing guidelines with PMC and the nursing staff by September 2018.

Other issues addressed:

  • Tuition assistance
  • Stronger mentoring and orientation for new nurses
  • Establishing a Nursing Practice Council

Nurses will also get raises of 8.5% over the three-years, according to a release from the union.  There will be more wage increases for experience.

"This agreement shows the commitment of our members to ensuring that our community gets the best care when they come to the facility and could not have happened without that community's support," said Alice Leo, the president of the nurses' union.

"Our members were organized and united. Having folks like Bernie Sanders and David Zuckerman standing up at the Labor Day Rally saying 'safe staffing matters' is a big thing, but I'd be negligent if I didn't stress the impact and difference made by grassroots community support," Leo continued.


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