CANTON, Mass., June 22, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The 17-member Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) nurse bargaining committee will meet at the federal mediator's office in Boston on Friday, June 24 to continue contract negotiations with a federal mediator and representatives from BWH/Partners HealthCare.
What: The 22nd negotiating session between Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) nurses and BWH/Partners HealthCare since Sept. 1, 2015
When: Friday, June 24 starting at 9 a.m.
Where: Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, 99 Summer St., Boston, MA
Who: 17 registered nurses, elected by their fellow 3,300 Brigham nurses and represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, will meet with the federal mediator and hospital representatives
The 3,300 Brigham nurses are prepared to strike for 24 hours starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, June 27 unless BWH/Partners offers a fair settlement that values safe patient care and nurses above corporate profits. It would be the first nurse strike in Boston in 30 years and the largest in Massachusetts history.
"We have reached the point where the hospital does not value and respect patients and nurses," said Trish Powers, RN OR staff nurse and chair of the Massachusetts Nurses Association BWH bargaining unit. "Under corporate owner Partners HealthCare, the Brigham cares more about profits and executive pay than providing safe patient care and treating its nurses fairly."
For more information, see this previous Brigham nurse press release.
Founded in 1903, the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United is the largest professional health care organization and the largest union of registered nurses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Its 23,000 members advance the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Legislature and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public. The MNA is a founding member of National Nurses United, the largest national nurses' union in the United States with more than 170,000 members from coast to coast.
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SOURCE Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United