Union plans to file grievance over loss of positions

Mike DeSumma, WCSH-TV, June 8, 2011 Bangor - Unionized nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center say that they are planning to fight a plan by hospital administrators to eliminate positions there. Last Monday leaders at Eastern Maine Medical Center announced that a decrease in income was forcing the hospital to cut jobs. Administrators said the cutbacks would affect everyone from nurses to clerical workers and healthcare professionals. Nurses with the Maine State Nurses Association at EMMC claim the plan would mean fewer bed side nurses at the hospital and would also eliminate two nursing positions that deal with teaching new mothers how to breast feed. The nurses union agreed to a new one-year contract with hospital administrators in late April. Its representatives now claims that these moves by the hospital violate that agreement. The union says it is now planning to file a grievance with EMMC.