SARANAC LAKE Adirondack Medical Center and The New York State Nurses' Association are pleased to announce that registered nurses at AMC have overwhelmingly approved a new three-year contract. The new labor agreement was also voted on and approved at the Medical Center's Board of Trustees monthly meeting Thursday evening. The contract will provide the 150 RNs at the Medical Center with a three percent across-the-board salary increases each year of the contract. The contract also calls for the addition of two new steps to the experience scale, each providing an additional three percent increase, and will provide the RNs with a means of paying for health care coverage after retirement. "This agreement is the result of a very respectful and productive negotiation process on both sides of the table," said Mike Lee, Vice President of Human Resources for AMC, "We truly value our nursing staff, and therefore wanted to reach a labor contract that reflects our appreciation for their dedication and hard work." "This agreement addresses the RNs' major concerns with regard to improving the hospital's ability to retain veteran nurses and recruit new hires," said NYSNA spokesperson Mark Genovese. "NYSNA is proud of the unity the nurses showed throughout negotiations and the spirit of cooperation displayed by both negotiation teams." The RNs' most recent two-year contract expired on Dec. 31, 2007. With more than 35,000 members, the New York State Nurses Association is the nation's oldest and largest state nurses' association. NYSNA fosters high standards of nursing education, research, and practice; engages in legislative activity; and provides collective bargaining services to registered nurses. Its mission is to advance the profession of nursing and protect the public's health.