Clara Maass reaches agreement with nurses on wage increases

Officials at Clara Maass Medical Center announced Wednesday that they have reached an agreement with 1199SEIU, the union representing Clara Maass Medical Center nurses, on a wage increase, the result of a negotiation that dates back a year.

The wage increases will be implemented, effective Sept. 3, and be reflected in the nurses’ next paycheck.

Clara Maass officials said the market adjustment includes a new 30-year wage scale based on experience, a $5-an-hour differential for per diem registered nurses based on the 30-year scale, and hourly increases in preceptor pay to $2.50, $6 for nightshift differential and $2 for charge pay.

“Our nurses are the backbone of Clara Maass,” spokesperson Cristina Allen said. “Their hard work and dedication both to this hospital and especially to our patients cannot be understated, nor can our appreciation for them. Not only do our nurses deserve these increases, but these actions will help CMMC further address staffing, retention and recruitment efforts.

“We look forward to continuing discussions with 1199SEIU on other issues and topics that are important to our nurses with the goal of reaching an amicable contract resolution.”

Clara Maass, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is celebrating 150 years of service to the community. It is a 472-bed hospital that offers a complete continuum of care to residents of northern New Jersey.