UofI Medical Center nurses approve new contract 

Nurses at University of Illinois Medical Center have voted to ratify a new three-year contract with the hospital.

Nurses represented by the Illinois Nurses Association voted 490 to 68 in favor of the contract that takes effect immediately.

Staff will get raises of up to 17.85 percent over the three-year agreement. They also have the potential to get $1,000 bonuses in the second and third years of the deal.

Nurses had voted in December to reject the contract and authorize a strike.

The union says that vote forced both sides back to the negotiating table, where the most recent deal was hammered out.

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