Encinitas nurses settle contract, receive salary increases
Thursday, March 30, 2006
The new labor contract gives nurses across the board raises averaging six percent, with a four percent salary hike next year. Nurses will also get seat on a council that gives input on hospital practices.
In exchange, the hospital will retain a merit pay system that awards bonuses based on performance. And, nurses will not be required to join the union.
Nurse Judy Mills says she's satisfied.
Mills: It was a long, hard fight for two and a half years and I think we came to a good agreement and we got a good pay rate. And yes, we still do have merit pay, but we also have a percentage that we won.
Hospital officials say they're extremely pleased with the deal. Kenny Goldberg, KPBS News.
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