Tonawanda News — Arnet said the hospital agreed to compromise after the union received the approval to strike.
“We only met with the mediator once and did not fully utilize his services,” she said. “The real change is after we got the strike date, after that, they were willing to budge. It was a motivating factor.”
Both parties are pleased a strike was avoided, but characterized the process as long and stressful.
“This has been a long process, but through it all we worked with the union to communicate the merits of the contract and are pleased that our nurses accepted the agreement,” James Millard, Kenmore Mercy Hospital president and CEO said. “This is good news for our patients and the community we serve.”
The contract will be in effect through January 2017.
“I told the nurses that in four years, we better be prepared to buckle down. We can’t take a concessionary contract twice in a row,” Arnet said.Contact reporter Jessica Bagley at 693-1000, ext. 4150, or follow her on Twitter at @JessicaLBagley