LIMA — Nurses at Lima Memorial Health System represented by the Ohio Nurses Association voted Monday to ratify a new three-year contract.
According to a statement from the Ohio Nurses Association, the local union of nearly 300 members secured an 11 percent across-the-board wage increase over the life of the new contract. A spokesperson for the association said members at Lima Memorial also secured substantial shift differential pay hikes for weekend, second-shift and third-shift workers. Under the terms of the contract, senior nurses will be eligible for paid time off that is equitable to that of non-union personnel.
“The across-the-board wage and shift differential increases make our pay competitive with other hospitals, which ultimately helps the hospital retain nurses, local union president Mary Bales said in the prepared statement. “It’s expensive to replace a nurse, and paying us a fair wage keeps good, experienced nurses who can provide the best patient care here at Lima Memorial.”
Bales said the membership banded together to secure a fair and equitable contract.
“Our nurses came together like never before to secure a contract that included fair wages and the continued opportunity for professional development. At the bargaining table, I was proud to deliver nearly 200 petition signatures from our nurses demanding an equitable agreement. We are a testament of what can be accomplished when we stand together as one,” Bales said.
The Ohio Nurses Association is the largest nursing union in Ohio, representing more than 7,500 nurses in the state.