El Camino Hospital reports tentative deal with nurses

Update: The hospital and nurses union agreed Sept. 11 on a new four-year contract.

El Camino Hospital and its nurses have reached a tentative agreement on a new contract, officials at the Mountain View hospital reported Thursday.

Members of the union Professional Resource for Nurses (PRN) were scheduled to undertake a contract ratification vote Monday, after the Town Crier’s press deadline.

The latest development caps months of negotiations between nurses and the hospital. Nurses’ previous contract expired June 30.

Details on the tentative agreement and ratification vote were not available as of Town Crier’s deadline, but the hospital’s proposal to PRN included annual wage increases of 3% in each of the next three years, and 4% in the final year of the four-year contract, as well as a “longevity bonus” of $1,000 annually after 30 years to recognize years of service.

“This contract keeps our nurses among the highest paid in the Bay Area,” hospital negotiators said in a statement. “The hospital’s proposed increases are equal to or higher than nurse increases at local hospitals that have ratified new nursing contracts.”

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