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Nurses' Union Urges Board To Reject Hospital Budget

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The union representing nurses at the University of Vermont Medical Center is urging a state board to delay approving the medical center's budget until nurses have a new contract.
The request comes as the union and hospital resumed negotiations this week following a two-day nurses' strike.

The Green Mountain Care Board reviews hospital budgets.

Higher wages remain a sticking point in contract negotiations. The union wants a 23 percent pay increase over three years. The hospital has offered a 13 percent increase.

The union says the medical center provides high salaries for top executives to "attract and retain the skilled workforce necessary to provide high-quality and high-value care" but doesn't extend that logic to providers and support staff.

The board's chair didn't immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

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