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NYSNA-Represented Nurses Employed At Buffalo’s Erie County Medical Center Ratify New Four-Year Contract, Agreement Calls For ‘Continued’ Quality Health Care Services For Patients & ‘Fair’ Wages For Nurses

Published Friday, September 6, 2019
by Labor News Services
NYSNA-Represented Nurses Employed At Buffalo’s Erie County Medical Center Ratify New Four-Year Contract, Agreement Calls For ‘Continued’ Quality Health Care Services For Patients & ‘Fair’ Wages For Nurses

(BUFFALO, NEW YORK) – In a joint statement, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) and Erie County Medical Center (ECMCC) have announced the ratification of a new four-year contract that calls for continued quality health care services for patients and fair wages for Nurses.

The ratification vote took place at the end of August and ECMC’s Board of Directors unanimously approved the new contract on August 30th.

Highlights of the four-year contract include: 3% wage increases in each year of the agreement; Maintenance of current health care coverage with a 15% contribution; The addition of 45 new Nursing positions with a structure to give NYSNA input into Staffing Units throughout the hospital.

“This contract is a huge win for the patients of the Erie County Medical Center and the Nurses who work day and night to care for the community,” Registered Nurse (RN) and NYSNA Member Chiqkena Collins said.  “The agreement ensures fair wages and benefits.  It gives Nurses a significant role in staffing decisions.  We commend hospital management for their partnership in negotiating this contract.”

NYSNA - New York’s largest Union and Professional Association for RNs, represents 42,000 Front-Line Nurses across the State.

“Thanks to the leadership and advocacy of NYSNA Representatives and the hard work of ECMC’s negotiation team, this contract provides our exceptional Nurses with competitive wages and incentives that will enhance our ability to recruit in the marketplace, while continuing ECMC’s financial stability and growth,” ECMCC President and CEO Thomas J. Quatroche Jr. said. “Most importantly, both NYSNA and ECMC focused throughout the negotiations on providing increased staffing, which will ultimately benefit our patients.  Thanks also to ECMCC’s Board of Directors for their steadfast support throughout this process and for their unanimous approval of the contract.”

Established as a New York State Public Benefit Corporation, ECMC is an advanced Academic Medical Center with 573 inpatient beds, on- and off-campus health centers, more than 30 out-patient specialty care services and Terrace View, a 390-bed long-term care facility.

ECMC is Western New York’s only Level 1 Adult Trauma Center, as well as a regional center for burn care, behavioral health services, transplantation, medical oncology and head and neck cancer care, rehabilitation - and a major teaching facility for the University at Buffalo.

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