Albany Med nurses accept first union contract

Albany County

ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Nurses at Albany Medical Center have voted on their first union contract after three years of bitter negotiations with the region’s largest hospital and healthcare organization.

Late Thursday night, their union, the New York State Nurses Association, said the contract had been agreed upon.

It includes a 1.5 percent pay raise and another 1.5 percent merit-based raise. There are also improved shift differentials, caps on health insurance premium increases, and a $1,000 bonus for job referrals.

Albany Med said the nurses’ first union contract would also allow nurses to opt-in to the union and pay dues, but those who don’t join would still get the same contract.

Many of the 2,000 nurses working voted to join the union in 2018, and they endured walkouts, a strike and bitter negotiations since then.

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