Kadlec Regional Medical Center management and nurses have reached a tentative contract agreement, the Richland hospital announced Wednesday evening.
“The agreement was reached this afternoon after a day of negotiations between the two sides,” hospital officials said in a statement.
“We’re happy to have come together to agree on a new contract. We look forward to working with our nurses to continue to provide the Tri-Cities area with the highest quality of care,” the statement said.
The terms of the new three-year pact aren’t being released pending ratification by the nurses, the statement said.
A spokeswoman for the Washington State Nurses Association, which represents the nurses, confirmed that a tentative pact is in place.
She didn’t yet know when a ratification vote would be held. She said the association may release more information Thursday.
The contract covering about 800 registered nurses expired Nov. 30.
Negotiations for a new pact started months before that, with staffing levels, paid time off and sick leave emerging as the main sticking points.
In early December, nurses took an advisory vote on a possible future strike. It won 90 percent approval from the nurses who attended.
The vote didn’t authorize a strike. It was described as a way to gauge how the nurses felt at that point.
This past Monday, nurses and community members gathered for a candlelight vigil ahead of Wednesday’s negotiation session.