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Albany Med Nurses Voting On New Contract

Nurse Jennifer Bejo holds a sign on the picket line.
Dave Lucas
September 2019: Nurse Jennifer Bejo holds a sign on the Albany Med picket line.

Albany Medical Center and the New York State Nurses Association have reached a contract agreement.

Nurses have begun voting on a new contract that Albany Med President and CEO Dr. Dennis McKenna says provides 1.5% annual guaranteed raises with up to an additional 1.5% merit-based increase. Weekend and shift differentials would be “significantly increased.”  

“This contract is fair to all our employees and reflects the values we all share.”

NYSNA represents more than 2,000 Albany Med nurses and has been negotiating a new contract for years marked by strikes and threatened walkouts.

McKenna says a $1000 bonus will be paid to each nurse who refers a new nurse employee to the hospital, provided the new hire stays for one year. Nurses can voluntarily opt-in to union membership.


Dave Lucas is WAMC’s Capital Region Bureau Chief. Born and raised in Albany, he’s been involved in nearly every aspect of local radio since 1981. Before joining WAMC, Dave was a reporter and anchor at WGY in Schenectady. Prior to that he hosted talk shows on WYJB and WROW, including the 1999 series of overnight radio broadcasts tracking the JonBenet Ramsey murder case with a cast of callers and characters from all over the world via the internet. In 2012, Dave received a Communicator Award of Distinction for his WAMC news story "Fail: The NYS Flood Panel," which explores whether the damage from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee could have been prevented or at least curbed. Dave began his radio career as a “morning personality” at WABY in Albany.
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