Nurses at Lima Memorial Hospital Celebrate New Contract

The nurses’ union overwhelmingly ratifies three-year deal with hospital

LIMA, Ohio – The nurses represented by the Ohio Nurses Association at Lima Memorial Hospital are celebrating a contract win, with an overwhelming number of the nurses voting on October 23rd to ratify the new contract.

The nearly 300 strong nursing union secured an 11% across the board wage increase over the life of the contract – a benefit this group has never seen before. Other gained benefits include:

• A 114% per hour shift differential increase for weekend shift.
• A 17% per hour shift differential increase for charge nurses.
• A $3 per hour (first year of contract), $3.50 (second year) and $4 per hour (third year) shift differential increase for night shift.
• Paid time off for senior nurses that is equitable to non-union hospital personnel.
“The across the board wage and shift differential increases make our pay competitive with other hospitals, which ultimately helps the hospital retain nurses. It’s expensive to replace a nurse, and paying us a fair wage keeps good, experienced nurses who can provide the best patient care here at Lima Memorial,” said Mary Bales, union president.

The nurses fought hard for the increases and to retain current benefits – like the ability to take education days to keep up with current nursing practices.

“Our nurses came together like never before to secure a contract that included fair wages and the continued opportunity for professional development. At the bargaining table, I was proud to deliver nearly 200 petition signatures from our nurses demanding a fair and equitable agreement. We are a testament of what can be accomplished when we stand together as one,” continued Bales.

The new contract is effective November 1, 2017 for three years.

The Ohio Nurses Association is the largest nursing union in Ohio, representing over 7,500 nurses in the state.


About ONA: Formed in 1904, the Ohio Nurses Association is a powerful network of registered nurses who are committed to advancing nursing through education, political action and workplace advocacy. ONA is the leading voice of the approximately 190,000 professional registered nurses in Ohio. To become a member of the Ohio Nurses Association, visit


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