MNA: BI Anna Jaques Hospital RNs Vote to Ratify New Three-Year Contract to Recruit and Retain the Staff Needed to Ensure Quality Patient Care



NEWBURYPORT, Mass., Feb. 27, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — The registered nurses at Beth Israel Lahey Anna Jacques Hospital (AJH) yesterday cast an overwhelming vote to ratify a new three-year contract that will provide significant improvements in wages and benefits, as well as long sought improvements in staffing and nurses’ working conditions that will allow the hospital to recruit and retain the staff needed to ensure the best possible care to patients. The contract agreement followed more than six months of negotiations and will cover 350 registered nurses who work at the Newburyport-based facility. 

“This was an enormous achievement that recognizes the nurses at AJH for their dedication and professionalism,” explained Eileen Ryan, RN, a nurse on the hospital’s ambulatory care unit and co-chair of the Massachusetts Nurses Association’s (MNA) local bargaining unit for the nurses. “We presented management with 25 proposals which essentially created a new and improved contract. This could never have happened if we didn’t have the support, encouragement, and participation of our 350 nurses. During this time, we also have …

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