BOSTON, June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Less than a week after the nurses at Tufts Medical Center overwhelming voted down a disappointing "last, best, and final" contract offer from management, the Boston delegation of elected legislators sent Tufts CEO Mike Wagner a thorough and direct letter calling on the hospital to continue bargaining with the RNs in order to reach a fair settlement that will help protect patients, constituents, and nurses.
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The Tufts RNs have been in talks with management for a new contract since April of 2016, with little headway being made on the nurses' key issues. In late March, the bargaining unit overwhelming voted in favor of authorizing a one-day strike, with the nurses moving closer to issuing a strike notice as the weeks without a contract settlement have dragged on.
Issues at the heart of these negotiations include chronic staffing problems, and the hospital's inability to recruit/retain nurses due to the uncompetitive wages and retirement benefits the hospital provides in comparison to other city hospitals and most surrounding community hospitals.
The nurses, who are represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, are back at the table with management today following a full day of off-the-record talks yesterday (June 12).
Founded in 1903, the Massachusetts Nurses Association is 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.
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SOURCE Massachusetts Nurses Association