St. Peter's Health, nurses union agree to 3-year contract

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St. Peter’s Health in Helena. 

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A collective bargaining contract has been ratified between St. Peter’s Health and the Montana Nurses Association Local 13 that includes yearly wage increases for the next three years averaging over 5% per year, it was announced Wednesday.

The parties have also agreed to continue to address working conditions and patient safety through their labor/management councils. The MNA also reported agreement on recruiting and retaining nursing staff.

St. Peter’s Health senior leadership, including CEO Wade Johnson, spent a day with the bargaining team, the MNA stated, adding he acknowledged that nurses have greatly contributed to SPH’s stability and success especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, the MNA said.

St. Peter’s released a statement Wednesday regarding the negotiations.

“We greatly value our nurses and the important work they do, and we’re grateful for the collaborative relationship we’ve built over the past few years,” it said. “We appreciate the opportunity to have open and honest dialogue and reach an effective solution together.” 

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