Union nurses at Mercy Medical Center approve new contract

KTIV, August 18, 2010 Sioux City - Union nurses at Mercy Medical Center have approved their new contract with the hospital. Mercy spokesperson, Jim Wharton, says the new three-year deal includes raises of 2%, 2.5%, and 3% over the course of the contract. The nurses current contract actually expired back on June 30th. But, both the union, and the hospital, agreed to extend the contract while they worked on a new deal. Mercy CEO Bob Peebles called the deal "market-based, fair and equitable to all parties." Union leader Marv Harrington believes the new contract gives the two sides three years to "negotiate items to benefit patients and nurses." All content © Copyright 2000 - 2010 WorldNow and KTIV Television Inc. All Rights Reserved.