nion nurses at Good Samaritan Regional Medical Center have reached a new two-year contract with Samaritan Health Services after four months of bargaining and mediation.
Union members ratified the contract proposal last Thursday, the Oregon Nurses Association announced this week. Negotiations began in May and went to mediation after progress stalled. The 370 nurses in the Good Sam bargaining unit had been working without a contract since July.
The new agreement runs through June 30, 2007. Terms of the deal include:
* A 9 percent total wage increase over the life of the contract.
* A cap on insurance premium increases of 8 percent the first year and 10 percent the second year.
* An increase in the nurses' educational fund.
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