The UVM Medical Center is proposing a 10 percent wage increase for its nursing and technical employees in an effort to reach a new contract with the Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professions.

The current contract with the union runs through July 2022, but the new proposal — which is on the table until Friday — is aimed at finalizing a new contract now.

The proposal includes a 10% average wage increase for nurses in January 2022, with an additional 5% increase in October 2022 and 2023. There is also a $5,000 stabilization bonus for most technical employees, The changes can still take effect once the current contract ends but employees would have to wait until October.

The union has rejected the proposal but the UVM Medical Center leadership says it has left the offer on the table until Friday.