Agawam school nurses are working without a contract

AGAWAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Agawam school nurses continue to work without a contract after a negotiation session this week went nowhere.

The Agawam Health Department increased their offer for a raise. The original offer was a 1% raise each year for three years. The Health Department is now offering 2% the first year and 1.5% after that.

Nurse Leader Mary Pasteris told 22News that’s still not good enough because Agawam school nurses make significantly less than other Hampden County school nurses.

Pasteris said 7 of her coworkers have left their jobs because of the pay discrepancy.

Agawam Mayor Richard Cohen said earlier this month, he hopes to reach an agreement that’s beneficial to both the town and the nurses.

Another negotiation session is coming up in two weeks.

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