Bangor, ME – Eight weeks of bargaining sessions between Eastern Maine Medical Center and the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United ended Thursday without a new contract. The current contract between EMMC and MSNA/NNOC/NNU expires tonight at midnight. In the absence of a contract, the nurses will continue to work under the terms of the expired contract and patient care will continue uninterrupted at EMMC.
During the bargaining session on May 3, aided by a federal mediator, EMMC presented MSNA/NNOC/NNU with a last, best, final offer. While the union left the session without responding to the final offer, EMMC expects the union will give EMMC nurses the opportunity to vote on the proposal.
In an effort to negotiate a new contract, EMMC proposed very few changes to the current contract in order to minimize barriers to a speedy agreement. Deborah Carey Johnson, RN, EMMC president and CEO, confirms EMMC’s focus remains on patient care. “We are disappointed that we were unable to reach an agreement before the contract expired. However, while we wait for word from the union, all employees will remain focused on providing care to the communities we serve.”
No further bargaining dates have been set at this time.