Union nurses, technologists, service staff and maintenance workers at Mount Nittany Medical Center in State College, Pa., approved a three-year contract that will reduce the use of mandatory overtime.
Union officials didn't give totals but said the vote Monday was overwhelmingly in favor of ratifying the contract negotiators had worked out on Friday.
The last three-year contract for the Service Employees International Union District 1199P members had expired June 30 and they had gone on a five-day strike starting July 9 over issues including health insurance, staffing levels and overtime.
The union has urged an end to mandatory overtime, and Cindy Rusnak, a union vice president, said a long-term goal is a state ban.
Scott Young, the union president, said employees understand overtime is needed in some situations, such as when someone calls in sick, but he says it could be avoided at other times.
The hospital will create 10 new full-time nursing positions and hire a nurse recruiter under the new contract. It also includes limits on employee health insurance cost increases, and pay raises ranging from 4% to 8% in the first year.