UW Medicine nurses latest to receive big raises in new labor contract

Published by THE SEATTLE TIMES on 10/20/22 (Source)

More than 2,000 UW Medicine nurses will soon receive massive raises after wrapping up contract negotiations with hospital administration last month and approving a new labor agreement this week.

Nurses at UW Medicine’s Montlake and Northwest campuses finished voting on the new contract Wednesday night — nearly nine months before their current one expires. While the new contract will be in effect from July 1, 2023, to June 30, 2025, the now-approved raises will be applied at the beginning of the 2023 and retroactively to Aug. 1, 2022, according to the Washington State Nurses Association, which represents a portion of the nurses at Montlake and Northwest campuses.

UW Medicine’s agreement is the latest in a recent wave of Seattle-area hospital contract negotiations — including at Providence Swedish and Seattle Children’s — and puts the hospital system “on par” with others nearby, WSNA nurse representative Ed Zercher said in a statement.