Nurses and health care workers at several hospitals in the UMass Memorial Health system recently ratified new contracts.

UMass Memorial Health nurses, health care workers ratify new contracts at hospitals

WORCESTER — Roughly 2,770 nurses and health care workers at several hospitals in the UMass Memorial Health system have ratified new contracts in recent months, providing wage increases between 8% and 19.5%, depending on the facility and length of contract.

“Our UMass nurses and health care professionals have been the backbone of the Worcester-area hospitals since the pandemic started in early 2019. But these same professionals have also been overburdened and have often burned out,” Katie Murphy, a registered nurse and president of the Massachusetts Nurses Association, said in a statement Friday announcing the ratifications.

“Too many patients, too few resources, and insufficient compensation have forced them to leave the bedside,” Murphy added. “But with overdue improvements like those seen in these UMass contracts, we expect that nurses will return to and stay at the bedside — which is exactly what our local communities need.”

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The contracts involving nurses and health care professionals were ratified June 29 at UMass Memorial Medical Center’s Memorial and Hahnemann campuses; Sept. 29 at UMass Memorial Medical Center – University Campus; July 28 at Marlborough Hospital; and Sept. 7 at the Clinton campus of UMass Memorial HealthAlliance – Clinton Hospital.

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