Negotiations continued last night between the Indiana Regional Medical Center and the union representing nurses at the hospital.
Both sides met for about six hours in the negotiation last night, and according to a statement from Indiana Regional Medical Center, progress was made on some of the contract language provisions. According to that statement, IRMC extended a proposal to the Indiana Registered Nurses Association that included wage increases each year of the contract with a total wage increase of 6% over the duration of the contract. IRMC also reduced the proposed employee contributions for healthcare costs in the third year of the contract.
The nurses have been working under the terms of a contract that expired in October. The next negotiation session is set for December 20th.
Below is the full statement from IRMC:
“The Indiana Regional Medical Center and the Indiana Registered Nurses Association met for approximately six hours in a bargaining session on Thursday evening, following meeting for several hours on Tuesday.
“IRMC extended a proposal for a three year contract with wage increases in each year of the contract with a total wage increase of 6% over the contract duration. IRMC also reduced the proposed employee contributions for healthcare cost in the third year of the contract.
“While the parties did not reach any agreements, they did make progress on some contract language provisions. The parties are scheduled to meet again on December 20 and IRMC also proposed several dates for continued negotiations in January.”