Thursday, May 10, 2012
Negotiators for Eastern Maine Medical Center and the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United were back at the bargaining table today. While no decision was reached, both parties remain hopeful they’ll reach a mutually beneficial decision.
In the meantime, Eastern Maine Medical Center is reassuring patients and the community that care will continue uninterrupted as union nurses and representatives hold an informational picket on Tuesday, May 15 at three campuses – EMMC’s main campus on State Street, the EMMC Healthcare Mall on Union Street, both in Bangor; and at CancerCare of Maine off Wilson Street in Brewer.
An informational picket allows unions in negotiation to provide information to the public. The nurses holding signs are off duty. In fact some of those in attendance are not employees of EMMC and, in some cases, not nurses.
Both parties will return to the bargaining table on Wednesday, May 16.