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Tentative agreement reportedly reached between Englewood Hospital and nurses' union

Englewood Hospital & Medical Center nurses lockout
tentative agreement reached
ENGLEWOOD, N.J. - The Health Professionals and Allied Employees union, which represents the nurses and other health care workers who have been locked out of their jobs at Englewood Hospital and Medical Center since June 3, has told BergenNOW.com that a tentative agreement has been reached.

Negotiations between the hospital and the union, which represents some 700 registered nurses, reportedly resulted in a tentative agreement Monday evening, ending the two-week lock-out which followed the expiration of the parties' collective bargaining agreement on May 31.

The tentative agreement was confirmed by Englewood Hospital in a brief written statement issued at 11:20 p.m. Monday night. The hospital stated that it "look[ed] forward to the ratification of the tentative agreement and the return of our staff nurses."

Nurses from the HPAE said they were pleased with the tentative agreement, which contained many of the staffing improvements important to the nurses and which had been a sticking point in the negotiations.

In addition,the RNs said that the tentative agreement contained new policies that would help them retain qualified RNs.

Membership meetings of the nurses are planned for Tuesday for a ratification vote on the contract. It is anticipated that the nurses would return to work this Thursday.

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