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Crozer-Chester nurses approve new contract

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nurses at the county's largest hospital voted tuesday night to accept the contract details hammered out with management monday, securing jobs and salaries until 2008 for 741 employees.

negotiating since april, representatives on both sides stomached an 11-hour bargaining session on memorial day. tuesday night, 575 members of the crozer-chester nurses association retired to st. timothy's lutheran church in aston to decide whether to accept the final offer or go on strike.

"we have a contract," said union president bobbi mcclay at 9 p.m. over the sounds of applause. "we are very pleased."

mcclay said the three-year deal provides for 16 new positions at the crozer-chester medical center in upland. the new hires will be registered nurses whose duties will be to "float" throughout the facility and provide assistance where needed.

mcclay said the new jobs will cover the duties of nurses who called out for the day, and will limit the number of times one nurse is pulled from his or her duties to cover a department that is experiencing an unusually heavy workload.

the organization of registered nurses also received pay raises of 3.5 percent for the first year and 4 percent for the following two years. because of the way the steps in the pay scale are organized, some employees may receive an increase of as much as 15 percent over the three-year period, according to mcclay.

the average salary of a registered nurse at the hospital is between $65,000 and $70,000, mcclay said.

full story: crozer-chester nurses approve new contract [the delaware county times,pa]

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