Nurses’ contract includes pay hikes

Published by WHIDBEY NEWS-TIMES on 4/22/22 (Source)

WhidbeyHealth nurses secured “many important and historic gains” in a three-year contract finalized this week, according to a spokesperson for the Washington State Nurses Association.

The 135 nurses who work for the public hospital district will receive raises this year and the next two years under a contract overwhelmingly ratified by the union members Tuesday and approved by the hospital board Thursday. The nurses will receive a 2.5% increase as of July 1, a 4% increase in April 2023 and a 6% hike in April 2024.

The increases in 2023 and 2024 are minimums since there is a possibility of additional hikes through wage reopeners, according to Ruth Schubert, director of communications for the union.