Nurses secure new contract with Three Rivers Health-Beacon Health System
THREE RIVERS, Mich. -- Registered nurses at the Three Rivers Health-Beacon Health System have ratified a new contract that will help recruit and retain nurses, as well as enable them to provide safe, quality care.
The approximately 75 nurses who work at Three Rivers Health-Beacon Health System had been working under a contract that expired in March.
Nurses and community members held an informational picket in May calling for a fair contract that invests in nurses and protects patients.
The new contract includes wage increases, higher shift differentials for afternoons and nights, the phaseout of the practice of calling in nurses from home to work mandatory overtime, and improved paid time off policies.
“This contract invests in nurses and provides the resources and protections we need,” said Brandy Shoup, an emergency department nurse and president of the local nurses union. “Now we can attract more nurses to work at the hospital and ensure more nurses continue working in our community.”