KINGSTON – Westchester Medical Center Health Network (WMCHealth) and its HealthAlliance Hospital in Kingston have reached an agreement with the New York State Nurses Association for a three-year contract to benefit more than 200 nurses at the hospital.
The agreement comes just a few months after a contract settlement between the nurses’ union and WMCHealth’s Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla.
The ratified contract in Kingston, which is retroactive to January 1 of this year, delivers what the hospital calls “substantial annual wage increases for all nurses and expands the increases for longer-tenured nurses.”
In the first year of the agreement, nurses will receive an approximately eight percent increase to base salary, followed by a six percent increase in year two, and a five percent increase in the third year.
The pact also expands salary increases for additional years of service.
Combined, this results in an average first-year salary increase to 24 percent and a total wage increase up to 40 percent over the life of the contract, depending on a nurse’s years of experience.
“Our new contract will help pus recruit and retain nurses for quality care,” said nurses’ union executive committee President Hannah Kondrat, RN. “The wage increases, including experience differentials, recognize our hard work throughout the pandemic and will help us retain experienced nurses – and that’s a win-win for nurses, our patients, and the community we serve.”
“This agreement reflects the crucial role that our dedicated nursing team plays in delivering the highest quality care at HealthAlliance Hospital for patients in Kingston and across the region,” said Phyllis Yezzo, executive vice president and Chief Nurse Executive for WMCHealth. “This demonstrates the appreciation we have for our dedicated nurses, who worked tirelessly on the frontlines during the pandemic, and importantly, will also enable us to continue to attract and retain talented healthcare professionals in our community.”