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Nurses, Community Medical Center reach tentative agreement on payroll problem

More than 250 nurses at Community Medical Center in Missoula have reached a preliminary agreement with the administration over using a third-party auditor to resolve payroll issues from the prior month that the administration did not determine.

Community Medical was given until 1 p.m. on Wednesday to consent to a third-party audit by the nurses, who the Montana Nurses Association represented. The nurses claimed that their promises of accurate salaries had not been kept and demanded a third-party audit.

Earlier this week, the Montana Nurses Association said that CMC had agreed to employ a third-party auditor and had committed to delivering a more thorough plan to remedy the concerns by the end of next week, according to the Daily Montanan.

Nate McConnell in Missoula and Raph Graybill in Great Falls represent the nurses in this case.

Community Medical had been a victim of a ransomware assault on the Kronos software system for payroll, which had been the focus of a countrywide payroll debacle involving hundreds of thousands of employees. Many of the firms that utilized the software were unable to access their payroll systems due to the ban. According to national media reports, the government and healthcare industries were severely impacted by the economic downturn.

Other healthcare facilities in Montana experienced similar problems but could find solutions to keep their staff paid. But Community Medical, a for-profit corporation, stated that the issues, which began on December 12, would not be resolved until later in January, resulting in many nurses being denied overtime and holiday pay as the state experienced a spike in COVID cases due to the highly transmissible omicron variant.

Following the report’s publication, Community Medical informed Daily Montana that it would be trying to remedy the disparities. The nurses said in some instances amounted to thousands of dollars in certain circumstances. However, when CMC sought to balance the pay, the nurses’ organization discovered several irregularities, prompting the nurses to demand that a third-party auditor analyze and reconcile the payroll to guarantee that the nurses are pretty compensated.

A letter from the lawyers said that the Montana Nurses Association will “continue to monitor the pay problem at CMC, including the rapid adjustment of under- and mis-payments, as well as the accuracy of future employee remuneration.”

Community Medical said on Monday that they had re-gained access to their payroll software and information regarding the hours worked by their nursing staff.