The mission of the Alaska Nurses Association is to advance and support the profession of nursing in Alaska. We are a voice for and represent over 7,000 nurses across the entire state of Alaska.
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Nurses at Central Peninsula General Hospital and Heritage Place in Soldotna, AK ratify an agreement that dealt only with wages. Full bargaining will begin later this year. The nurses full agreement will expire on December 31, 2012. In order to complete the negotiations in 2009, the nurses agreed to a "wage opener" which proved to be a challenge in getting completed. With changes in leadership both at CPGH, Inc and within the structure of the Alaska Nurses Association-Labor Program, we were able to come to a successful conclusion to this part of the contract.
The AaNA-Labor Program represents over 1300 RN's for collective bargaining in the State of Alaska. Our RNs in Soldotna have been involved with the AaNA since 1997 with their first contract in 1999. The Heritage Place RN's voted to join RNs United in 2007. These nurses have been a great addition to the RNs United local. The union nurses in Soldotna and the Kenai Peninsula have a long history of involvement in community events. These nurses know how to be great members of a community. We are proud to be able to represent them.
Thanks for the opportunity to be part of the work we are able to get done together.
Donna Phillips, RN AaNA Labor Council chair