Santa Clara County's unionized nurses have officially voted to approve a new contract with the county, the union said Monday.
Nurses with the county's Registered Nurses Professional Association voted to approve a contract they believe will address issues of pay inequity, job vacancies and lack of county support.
"Nurses were unified and together we won a contract truly worthy of our skills and experience," RNPA president and local nurse Debbie Chang said in a statement. "By standing together we reminded county leaders the critical role nurses play the health of our communities."
The two parties had been negotiating since before the old contracts expired Oct. 20. A new tentative agreement was reached in late December after the union threatened a labor strike, with the majority of RNPA's members voting in favor of such action.
"Under our new contract, we look forward to building a new partnership with the county and delivering the highest quality care to our patients in a safe and dignified workplace," Chang said.
The union said 88% of its voting membership approved the contract.