Briefly: Nurses In The Dalles Reach Tentative Labor Agreement

Members of the Oregon Nurses Association, who've been working without a contract since the end of June, appear to have resolved their differences with management at Mid-Columbia Medical Center.

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Nurses at Mid-Columbia Medical Center in The Dalles appear to have resolved their labor dispute with management.

They've reached an agreement on a new three-year contract, the Oregon Nurses Association announced. Its members will vote on the deal next week. 

“We’re proud we’ve reached a fair agreement that will improve health care throughout the hospital and address some of our community’s biggest health care needs,” said Aliesha Pfeifer, a nurse and association member. “We’re going to continue doing everything we can to make sure everyone in our community has access to affordable, high-quality health care.” 

The nurses have been working without a contract through late June.

The association said the contract would:

  • Increase patient safety through new training and mentorship programs 
  • Improve patient care by limiting the use of variable shifts, which require nurses to switch regularly between night and day shifts, increasing the risk of mistakes and injuries
  • Help address health care access and inequality issues by encouraging more nurses to become certified medical interpreters 
  • Create a better work-life balance through other scheduling improvements
  • Offer a more competitive wage scale by slowly increasing nurses' wages by 6.5 percent over the next three years and reverse cuts to part-time positions

The nurses will vote on the deal next week. If approved, it would take effect immediately.