Tufts Medical Center nurses to wage one-day strike

Oceane Deschanel
Julho 12, 2017

"The final sticking point is the union's insistence that our nurses' retirement savings be co-mingled in a much larger and riskier pension fund".

The one-day strike at Tufts is a protest of what the Massachusetts Nurses Association says are the hospital's "safety issues".

"We came to the table (Tuesday) hoping to reach an agreement, but Tufts management is determined to force a strike and a subsequent lock out of our nurses", said Mary Havlicek Cornacchia, an OR nurse and bargaining unit co-chair.

The hospital added in a statement: "We will deliver the same exceptional care that we always have at Tufts Medical Center". They're asking for more nurses, wage improvements, and pension protections for the nurses they represent at the hospital.

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Tufts Medical Center has hired more than 300 replacements to work four days in addition to the day when nurses will strike.

The two sides have been trying to negotiate a new contract for more than 15 months.

More than 1,200 nurses at Tufts Medical Center went on strike at 7 a.m. Wednesday after last-minute negotiations between the union and the hospital failed.

"We've offered raises of 5 percent on top of a 5 percent step raise for nurses who are relatively junior", Weingart said. The MNA said the strike will run until 6:59 a.m. Thursday.

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