New contract approved for 1,600 Hershey Med nurses

Hershey, Pa. (WHTM) – Nurses at Penn State Milton S. Hershey Medical Center approved a new three-year contract Friday night.

The new contract covers about 1,600 nurses at the hospital and will remain in effect until March 31, 2018, according to a news release from Hershey Medical Center.

SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania, which represents the nurses, said the new contract maintains 10 and 12-hour shifts, and includes job security protections. The contract also calls for labor-management meetings for nurses to discuss staffing and other operational changes in the hospital with management, as well as wage increases, protections to make sure health insurance stays affordable, and resources for certification and education, SEIU said in a news release.

“This new agreement lets us continue to focus on our common goal to provide high quality, safe outcomes for the patients we serve, and it enables us to remain competitive when recruiting the best talent,” said Chief Nursing Officer Sherry Kwater.

.Their previous contract expired at midnight Tuesday, but they had agreed to work without a contract until a new deal is reached.



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