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The Honolulu Advertiser
Updated at 3:23 p.m., Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Nurses at Molokai General ratify first contract

Advertiser Staff

Nurses at Molokai General Hospital, who last year agreed to be represented by the Hawaii Nurses Association, have ratified their first collective bargaining agreement.

Highlights of the three-year contract include full time status for registered nurses working 36 hours per week, according to a news release from the union. The contract, which covers about 10 nurses, includes a 3 percent wage increase in October 2009 and a 3 percent hike in October 2010. It also provides for merit pay increases up to 2 percent.

In addition, a patient-safety clause provides for double time pay when nurses work beyond a 12-hour shift. The increased pay rates make Molokai General competitive with the rest of the state, the union said.