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Hospice nurses rally in Scarborough for new contract

Nurses are rallying outside of Hospice of Southern Maine, demanding an agreement to what they call a fair contract. (WGME)

SCARBOROUGH (WGME) – Nurses are rallying outside of Hospice of Southern Maine, demanding an agreement to what they call a fair contract.

Hospice of Southern Maine released a statement saying they are disappointed that nurses are using the media to negotiate, but protesters here say HSM's refusal to negotiate impacts nurses, aides and even chaplains who serve ailing patients.

About 100 nurses, some from as far north as Presque Isle, arrived by bus Friday afternoon.

According to the Maine State Nurses Association, Hospice of Southern Maine workers unionized in May of last year.

Since then, they say workers have been trying to reach a contract with HSM, but the company has refused to bargain in good faith.

Last week, HSM entered a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board which requires negotiation with Maine state nurses.

Those taking part in Friday's rally say it’s time to negotiate a fair contract, because patients deserve better.

Picketers say the delay in a contract has already impacted a few of the area care facilities.

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