June 6, 1997 in City

In-Home Nurses Ok New Agreement

From Staff And Wire Reports

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.

, DataTimes

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