UFT members who work at the Visiting Nurse Service of New York have ratified a new two-year contract.
The agreement, which covers more than 800 VNS nurses and other employees, calls for wage increases of 1.75 percent and 2 percent in succeeding years, beginning July 1, 2018, along with additional employer contributions to employee health care costs.
The Visiting Nurse Service is a social service organization with nearly $1 billion in domestic and offshore assets. Yet VNS had sought to reduce its pension and health contributions for the nurses who made more than 1.3 million home and community based visits in 2016 to more than 140,000 patients.
UFT President Michael Mulgrew said, “While these were at times difficult talks, our negotiating team successfully made the case to VNS that their employees were the heart of their service, and that the nurses needed and deserved fair treatment.”
The new VNS contract runs to Jan. 31, 2020.
The UFT represents more than 2,100 nurses employed by VNS, Staten Island University Hospital South, NYU Langone-Brooklyn Hospital and other health care providers.