bangor, maine-negotiators for eastern maine medical center and the unionized registered nurses who work there resumed negotiations thursday despite the hospital's announcement shortly after midnight wednesday [color=#3b5a7a]that the deadline had passed
and it was too late to avert a threatened five-day work stoppage.
the decision to continue talks apparently paid off.
after several more hours of discussion on thursday, the two sides reached a tentative accord...
...in a news release issued shortly after its facebook post, union leaders noted that the agreement "represents months of work by the nurses to have key patient safety issues addressed."
the union's statement said the proposed one-year pact addresses nurses' major issues on staffing, job security and health benefits.
"we are proud of the hard work done by the bargaining team and all of the nurses at emmc," said judy brown, head of the nurses union at emmc and a registered nurse.