Aroostook Medical Center Reaches Contract Agreement 

The union representing 150 Maine nurses at the Aroostook Medical Center in Presque Isle have reached a contract agreement with administrators.The local unit of the Maine State Nurses Association had been pushing the hospital to agree to increased staffing levels.The unionized nurses voted last week to ratify the two-year contract.The Medical Center Board of Trustees approved the contract Wednesday.The agreement includes an immediate two percent pay increase, with no wage adjustment in 2011, and allows for increased staffing in the emergency department. The two sides had been negotiating since June.