RI nurses vote to approve new contract with hospital owners

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NORTH PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Nurses and health care workers approved a new three-year contract with the owners of Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in a vote on Thursday.

The union UNAP Local 5110 said its members voted overwhelmingly to approve the new contract with Prospect CharterCare, the Providence Journal reported.

A strike vote was called off when the proposed contract was announced earlier this week. The term of the contract runs from July 30, 2021 to July 30, 2024.

Local 5110 President Laura McQuesten said in a statement that the contract provides a wage increase, a freeze on health insurance costs and student debt relief for new nurses.

She said it also sets up “a first-of-its kind in Rhode Island staffing grid that ensures the safety of patients and nurses through safe nurse-to-patient ratios.”

Nurses picketed outside the North Providence hospital in July, as their contract was set to expire, the newspaper reported.

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