SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Springfield Mayor Sarno announced in a statement Tuesday that an agreement has been made with Human Resources and Labor Relations Director Attorney William Mahoney on merit pay for nurses in the city.

“I am happy to announce that the Springfield Public Health Nurses Association (SPHNA) has approved the merit bonus pay for their members. I am very appreciative of the Union leadership of SPHNA for working together with Human Resource and Labor Relations Director Attorney William Mahoney and Health and Human Services Commissioner Helen Caulton-Harris, and negotiating this merit bonus pay in good faith. 

From the onset of this COVID-19 pandemic, our brave and dedicated public health nurses have been on the frontlines going above and beyond.  The members of the SPHNA that have been identified as going above and beyond throughout this COVID-19 pandemic will be rewarded with an amount that can reach a maximum of $5,000 – with no exceptions.

Again, we have been and will remain consistent with our merit pay in rewarding all of our brave and dedicated city employees for going above and beyond, while following and adhering to all collective bargaining law and human resources statutes.  Again, I believe my Administration is one, if not the only one in the Commonwealth currently extending and issuing this extra benefit.  We will continue with our fair review process and distribution of these merit bonus pay allotments for our city side employees.”

Mayor Sarno

Merit pay has already been awarded to all union and non-union employees, which includes Parks, DPW, Police, and garage foreman of up to $5,000 in merit pay. The funding for the merit pay comes from the American Rescue Plan Act.