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Nurses file complaint, say AMITA proposed wage freeze

Nurses say they face a proposed wage freeze in contract negotiations at AMITA Saint Joseph Medical Cetner Joliet.
Nurses say they face a proposed wage freeze in contract negotiations at AMITA Saint Joseph Medical Cetner Joliet.

Nurses negotiating a new contract at AMITA Saint Joseph Medical Center have filed another unfair labor practice complaint against management, saying the hospital has proposed taking away nurses' wage scale.

The Illinois Nurses Association accused management of not negotiating in good faith, according to a news release from the union.

The complaint was the fourth the INA has filed with the National Labor Relations Board in the past few weeks.

The nurses, who are working on a contract that expired May 9, have authorized the INA to call a strike if needed. No strike date has been set.

AMITA on June 12 withdrew wage increases that already had been proposed, the release said.

“In the company's proposal they eliminated our wage scale and indicated that if they decided to give merit raises to non-union employees in the second and third year of our contract, they would be willing to extend the same to our members,” Pat Meade, a nurse and a lead negotiator, said in the release.

AMITA indicated the proposed wage freeze was because of the COVID-19 pandemic but "not due to inability to pay," INA officials said.

An AMITA spokesman did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The two sides meet again Monday and have more bargaining sessions scheduled for June 30 and July 8.

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