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As all the members of the Missoula community should know, the nurses at the Big Sky Surgery Center are engaged in contract negotiations with the management of that facility to arrive at a first-ever collective bargaining agreement (a contract) for this new local.

This facility, and the nurses who are its heart and soul, is critical to the health of our community, and those that surround us. And just as important as medical facilities are to community health, collective bargaining agreements between management and nurses are essential in helping to maintain and improve the quality of care that such facilities provide. They ensure that the most qualified nurses are employed, that these nurses earn decent wages and receive basic benefits that any other professional might take for granted, that there are opportunities for professional training and advancement, that job performance is evaluated following professional standards, and that management and nurses will work together to resolve any unanticipated or new issues for the benefit of the facility, for the nurses and for patients. This is known as a win-win-win!

Please join us in supporting the nurses and management at Big Sky Surgery Center in their work to negotiate a contract that is beneficial to all – one that will be a win-win-win for the Missoula community.

Dave Shively, president

Phil Condon, vice president

Megan Stark, secretary

Jeff Bookwalter, treasurer

Diane Friend

John Bardsley

Daisy Rooks

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Keith Parker,

and other members,

executive board,

University Faculty Association,

University of Montana,

Missoula

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