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Nurses' union, hospital to meet again on contract talks
Jul 10

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) _ Nurses at Vermont's largest medical center and hospital administrators plan to keep negotiating to reach a contract deal and avoid a possible strike.

The three-year contract for 1,800 unionized nurses at the University of Vermont Medical Center expired first thing Monday morning. Both sides met for several hours. Medical center President Eileen Whalen said in a statement Monday night that the discussions were productive and the negotiations will resume Tuesday afternoon.

The Vermont Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals is asking for a 24 percent wage increase. Union leaders said that would make their wages equal to those at Champlain Valley Physician's Hospital in Plattsburgh, New York, which is part of the same health network.

Union leaders held a rally in Burlington before negotiations Monday afternoon. The union received the support of nearly 20 civic groups and unions.

By The Associated Press, Copyright 2019