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News: 2011-05-05 PPMC Ratify Contract

Providence Portland Medical Center Nurses Vote to Ratify Contract

Providence Portland Medical Center (PPMC) nurses ratified their Contract on May 4. Turnout was high for this second vote, and the vote was overwhelming with 93 percent of the nurses who participated voting yes for passage.

While the second deal remained mostly the same as the one that was voted down on March 17, there were improvements. The particulars around the bio-metric screen and what would be tested for, and that the employer would not have access to an individual employee’s results, were clearly spelled out and written into the Contract. The dental and vision benefits were also spelled out, and it was made clear that their design and the cost were not changing. The cost of the alternative care “buy up” which includes chiropractic, acupuncture, and naturopathy, were also written into the Contract.

The vacation scheduling process agreed to on March 7 was also modified slightly by changing the sign up dates.

The most important improvement was the further lowering of the combined out-of-pocket maximums for prescriptions and medical costs. There was a further reduction bringing the annual out of pocket maximums to $2,150 for the individual and $4,300 for the family. Providence started out wanting $3,000 for the individual and $5,000 for the family annually.

To get more information, visit the Providence Portland Medical Center BU page. All of PPMC’s negotiation updates and a draft marked up copy of the new Contract are available on this page.

Details about retro pay and when the new wage rates will appear on your paychecks as well as other Contract implementation details will be forthcoming.



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