The Spokane Visiting Nurse Association unanimously approved a new contract with the Washington State Nurses Association Thursday night.
“We’re very relieved and thankful, and ready to go to work with them 100 percent,” said Lynnett MeisenVehrs, co-chair of the VNA.
The vote averts a threatened strike by more than 60 nurses who provide in-home care.
The agreement gives the nurses a 3 percent pay raise this year, and a 2 percent increase next year. Nurses with less than 15 years experience also receive a 3 percent annual step increase.
A federal negotiator helped both sides hammer out the agreement. The contract takes effect immediately, Meisen-Vehrs said.