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UMass Memorial Health nurses and healthcare workers ratify new hospital contracts

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WORCESTER – About 2,770 nurses and health care workers from several hospitals in the UMass Memorial Health System have ratified new contracts in recent months, offering pay increases of between 8% and 19.5%, depending on the institution and the contract length.

“Our UMass nurses and healthcare professionals have been the backbone of Worcester area hospitals since the pandemic began in early 2019. But those same professionals have also been overstretched and often burnt out,” Katie Murphy, a registered nurse and president of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, said in a statement Friday announcing the ratifications.

“Too many patients, too few resources and insufficient compensation forced them off the bedside,” Murphy added. “But with overdue improvements like those seen in these UMass contracts, we expect nurses to come back and stay at the bedside – something our local communities need.”

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Contracts involving nurses and medical professionals were ratified June 29 at the Memorial and Hahnemann campuses of UMass Memorial Medical Center; September 29 at UMass Memorial Medical Center – University Campus; July 28 at Marlborough Hospital; and Sept. 7 at the Clinton Campus of UMass Memorial HealthAlliance – Clinton Hospital.

Clinton and Marlborough hospitals ratified two-year contracts, while UMass Memorial contracts were for three years.

“Every day, we are moved by the compassion, resilience and professionalism of our nursing staff, who continue to provide exceptional care to all of our patients and their loved ones,” Justin Precourt, who is a registered nurse and head nurse / chief nursing vice president of patient care services at UMass Memorial Medical Center and chief nursing officer at UMass Memorial Health, said in a statement.

“We are excited to have these newly ratified contracts in place, which will bolster critical recruitment and retention efforts for our system and support our talented clinical teams to improve patient outcomes,” Precourt said. “Given the pervasive economic challenges of the healthcare industry, we are grateful to our nurses for engaging in amicable negotiations throughout this process.

“We look forward to continuing to partner with them to create a work environment that values ​​the contributions, well-being and growth of our nurses. »