Nurses group to seek replacements for strikers

July 03, 1996|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

The Visiting Nurse Association of Maryland will begin advertising today for nurses to replace employees who have voted to strike at the end of the week, according to a letter to workers from company President James S. Elmslie.

Members of Local 27 of the United Food & Commercial Workers International, which represents 74 of the nurses, voted 61-7 to go on strike at midnight Friday.

According to the VNA, more than half its nurses make from $45,000 to $50,000 a year, which they said was above the market rate.

The company's final contract proposal would bring annual salaries down to an average of about $41,000. The VNA cited "pressures from Medicare, Medicaid and HMOs" to account for the cuts.

Pub Date: 7/03/96

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