Tufts nurses approve contract after 20 months of negotiations

Nurses at Tufts Medical Center represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association have approved a new labor contract, ending a 20-month period of contentious negotiations that included a one-day strike and threats of longer walkouts.

The Boston Globe reported the new contract, which will run until Oct. 2021, includes a 6 percent pay increase, with an additional 5 percent increase for nurses at the top of the pay scale.

“We are very proud of all we have accomplished and how unified our members were in fighting for a fair contract that helps and protects both patients and nurses,” Barbara Tiller, a nurse who co-chairs the union’s bargaining team, said in a statement after voting concluded. “We are looking forward to starting a new chapter for nursing at Tufts Medical Center.”

The two sides had tentatively agreed to a deal in December after Boston Mayor Martin Walsh had invited them to meet at Boston City Hall.

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