Rochester General Hospital (RGH) and the Rochester Union of Nurses & Allied Professionals (RUNAP) met today for our twelfth bargaining session since negotiations began in October of last year. The session began shortly after 10 AM and ended at 5 PM.

Today, the parties reached three (3) tentative agreements. The agreements included:


Regrettably, while RGH is focused on trying to reach a new collective bargaining agreement by making numerous proposals and counterproposals, we understand that RUNAP continues to try to generate support for a strike. RGH does not want a strike because a strike – or even a strike notice – could be very bad for our nurses, our community and the Hospital.

We urge all RGH nurses to get all the facts, and make an informed choice, before signing a union strike petition and/or before voting for or against a strike.


During the Session, the Parties Also Discussed the Following Open Proposal Items:


RUNAP also presented a slight revision to its wage proposal during the meeting. RUNAP’s counterproposal still includes their initial wage scale and rates but specifies that nurses would receive 50% of the increase once the contract is ratified and would get the remaining 50% six months after ratification.

Finally, RGH also shared information with the union on recent efforts to enhance security around the hospital and to inform RUNAP’s membership of the work being done by the hospital’s Workplace Violence Committee. This discussion also focused on the parties’ proposals related to health and safety issues.


What’s Next

RGH and RUNAP are scheduled to meet again for bargaining on July 13. We will issue another update following that session to keep you informed. You can sign up to receive email or text alerts when a new bargaining update is posted to the website and also submit any questions. Please visit for more information.