EMMC Responds to Union Vote

11/05/2010

(Bangor, Maine) - The Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurse Organizing Committee/National Nurses United held voting sessions November 3 and November 4 asking their members to accept or reject EMMC's final nursing contract offer.

While we have received no formal notice from the union, we have heard that the participating members voted to reject EMMC's final offer. Without a contract in place, the union is now authorized to call a picket or strike against the hospital.

Contrary to unsubstantiated claims from the union, EMMC has numerous external confirmations of the high quality and safety of the care provided here. A nine member survey team from the Centers from Medicare and Medicaid left the hospital just today, with high praise for the quality and safety of the care we deliver. Nurse staffing was closely examined by surveyors on every unit, including staffing plans to patient census and acuity. The surveyor picked random dates to examine staffing that included weekdays and weekends, holidays and high volume days. The surveyors also talked with patients and with staff and expressed complete confidence in the safety of EMMC's staffing in all cases.

EMMC is confident the contract offered to the union promotes patient safety and quality care and is fair in compensation and benefits. We will continue to provide high quality medical care to any resident of our region who comes to us, whether the union is striking or not. While our preference is always our own nurses, we will bring in skilled, well qualified replacement nurses to work with the rest of the care team in the event of a strike. Patient care will not be interrupted.

To learn more about the key issues dividing the two sides, please visit EMMC's nursing contract negotiations webpage.