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AGH Nurses Make Strides for Patient Care

New Contract Overwhelmingly Approved

On October 16th, nurses at Allegheny General Hospital voted overwhelmingly to approve a new two year contract that provides economic security and a focus on patient quality and safety.

Quality and Patient Safety: In a changing healthcare environment that ties funding reimbursement to quality care and patient satisfaction, AGH’s new contract safeguards important patient safety provisions such as:

  • Safe staffing levels in departments across the hospital (which including hiring additional staff to help meet the ratios);
  • Addressing nurses’ concerns regarding pulling and ancillary staffing;
  • New workplace safety committee to examine the issue of workplace violence that nurses confront; and
  • New strategic meeting on quality and operations with hospital administrators and union nurse leaders.

Economic Security:  In the midst of economic challenges nurses approved a contract that:

  • Increased wage rates by an average of about¬† 3% immediately for 120 staff nurses to help with retention and equity fairness;
  • Provided for raises for all of 2% (July 2014) and 2.25% (July 2015);
  • Secured a defined benefit pension and maintained a 403b match; and
  • Maintained affordable healthcare coverage with no increases to deductibles.

 

 

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