The Erie County Legislature has approved a six-year contract between the county and the New York State Nurses Association that will provide a 3 percent raise in 2019 and annual raises of 2 percent each year through 2023 for the 41 nurses who work in the Erie County Health Department and Sheriff's Office.
"Along with modest pay increases this agreement provides increased incentives for nurses to receive additional training, thereby improving the quality of care which they provide," said County Executive Mark Poloncarz.
The contract, retroactive to January 2018, will also include a flat $1,500 addition to the base wages of the covered nurses for 2018. In exchange, the union agreed to work rule changes and adjust wages so they are on par with other nursing staff employed by the county and state.
The Legislature agreed to provide up to $275,000 to cover cost of the new contract for the balance of this year. The total county cost over the life of the agreement is $1.37 million.