Auburn Community Hospital, nurses settle labor contract

After multiple protests about nurse staffing ratios, Auburn Community Hospital and 1199SEIU, United Healthcare Workers East union have reached a three-year labor contract.

The agreement, ratified by a vote on Oct. 31, addresses wage increases and benefits as well as staffing ratios at the 99-bed hospital, according to a release from ACH. The current contract with nurses expired in July.

"After weeks of negotiations and a productive labor management relationship, 1199SEIU nurses at Auburn Community Hospital are pleased to have settled our contract," said Nancy Benton, a registered nurse and the union's chair, in a release. "Important improvements to our staffing ratios will allow all of us to reach our common goal of providing quality care and ensuring a great patient experience at our hospital."

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