BANGOR – Local nurses are prepared to go on strike if certain terms aren’t reached with their employers.
Registered nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center have voted to authorize a strike, if progress isn’t made in addressing their concerns.
Nurses say they want better patient safety, and safer staffing conditions. The group of nurses, represented by the Maine State Nurses Association; national nurses organizing committee, have extended their contract to June 18th, following their previous contracts expiration on May 30th.
“High quality, safe patient care is what’s attentive of me being a nurse. So it’s what we do everyday. It’s important that we’re able to deliver safe care.” Deb Sanford, V.P. & Chief Nursing Officer, EMMC
The next bargaining session will happen on June 10th. Nurses say they’re confident an agreement will be reached.