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Nurses in New York negotiate salary increase.

Nurses in New York negotiate salary increase

Some specialized nurses with 20 years' service will be paid more than $66,000 a year under a 3-year contract between The Presbyterian Hospital in New York City and the New York State Nurses Association. The new maximum, effective in the final contract year, results from a revamping of the salary progression schedule. For general duty nurses, the new 20-year maximum rates are $44,000 retroactive to December 1988, rising to $50,500 in December 1989 and to $52,200 in December 1990. On the same dates, minimum salary rates move to $31,500, $34,000, and $35,700. Previously, the minimum was $29,000 and the maximum was $32,600 after 10 years of service.

A spokesperson for the Nurses Association said the new salary rates are the highest in the area, but comparable rates are expected to be attained in negotiations underway with other hospitals.

The Presbyterian agreement also increased the hourly rate for per diem nurses to $28, from $21.88, in three steps over the contract term, and increased the shift differential to $4,500 immediately, from $3,200, subject to further increases in the second and third years to match the highest differential then prevailing at any of three competing hospitals.

The settlement covers 1,500 nurses.
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Title Annotation:Developments in Industrial Relations
Author:Ruben, George
Publication:Monthly Labor Review
Article Type:column
Date:Jun 1, 1989
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