Amita St. Joseph nurses end strike, approve three-year contract




, Amita St. Joseph nurses end strike, approve three-year contract

Nurses at Amita St. Joseph Medical Middle accredited a brand new three-year contract Monday evening, ending a 16-day strike on the Joliet hospital, based on an announcement from their union. 

Nurses will return to work tomorrow, an announcement from Amita Well being stated. Some 720 nurses represented by the Illinois Nurses Affiliation went on strike over problems with secure staffing, prolonged sick go away and pay.

“We’re happy that Amita Well being St. Joseph Medical Middle Joliet and the Illinois Nurses Affiliation have reached a contract settlement, ending the strike by represented nurses that has been underway since 7 a.m. Saturday, July four, 2020,” stated an emailed assertion from Timothy Nelson, Amita system director of communications and media relations. “We really feel the settlement reached is truthful and only for all concerned and respect the ratification by the represented nurses.” 

“Whereas a majority of nurses voted for this contract, there are nonetheless many nurses who need to see extra progress on secure staffing,” a lead union negotiator and registered nurse, Pat Meade, stated within the INA’s assertion. “We are going to proceed the struggle for secure staffing by enforcement of our contract and in Springfield.” 

Meade stated within the assertion that the brand new contract offered nurses with many issues they have been searching for, together with: 

• Settlement that Amita would enhance staffing pointers on sure items by the top of the 12 months and would seek the advice of with the union on staffing points by then.

• Enhancements to the hospital’s staffing committee and protocols for nurses to have their considerations raised and escalated past the chief nursing officer when crucial.

• Retaining their extended-illness profit that permits nurses to be paid for any sickness or damage of greater than 4 days.

• Caps on health-insurance premium contributions at 25 p.c for full-time nurses and 35 p.c for part-time nurses.

• Two p.c wage will increase in each the second and third years of the contract.

Nurses had been working with no contract on the 480-bed hospital since Might 9. Chief amongst their complaints was staffing ranges, together with a nurse-to-patient ratio that the union stated was 4 instances larger than secure ranges.