- Associated Press - Wednesday, February 4, 2015

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) - Ketchikan nurses have unanimously ratified a new labor contract agreement with PeaceHealth Ketchikan Medical Center.

The Ketchikan Daily News (http://is.gd/QqztKH) reports the deal between PeaceHealth and the Ketchikan bargaining unit of the Alaska Nurses Association closed three months of negotiations last week. The deal was reached with the help of a mediator.

Negotiations stalled in January.

Ketchikan nurses organized a three-day picket leading up to the start of mediation.

The three-year contract agreement includes across-the-board raises and more funding for training.

The medical center is owned by the city of Ketchikan and operated by PeaceHealth, a Pacific Northwest health care system.

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Information from: Ketchikan (Alaska) Daily News, http://www.ketchikandailynews.com

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