Nurses, UVM Medical Center report progress, but no deal

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Union nurses and administrators from UVM Medical Center say they are making progress in contract negotiations, but they have yet to reach a deal acceptable to both sides.

The Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals met Saturday with officials from the hospital as part of ongoing contract negotiations.

UVM’s latest offer would increase the average base salary for nurses by 15 percent over three years, with nurses in some roles getting raises of up to 30 percent. The offer would improve or keep the same the benefit package, which includes retirement contributions, health, dental, vision and life insurance and paid time off.

“We are hopeful this fair and competitive offer will receive the support of our nurses so we can bring this process to a successful conclusion,” said UVM Medical Center President Eileen Whalen.

The union is seeking a 22-percent raise over three years.

“We are making some headway at the bargaining table and remain committed to getting to a place where our members feel they are being treated as the quality health care professionals they are,” the nurses said in a statement issued Sunday. “Hospital administrators say publicly they want an agreement that values its nurses and compensates them fairly. We are holding them to that in negotiations.”

The nurses say some hospital executives receive compensation packages worth more than $2 million so they know the hospital can afford to pay nurses more.

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