BRIGHTON, Mass., March 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- The registered nurses of Steward St. Elizabeth's Medical Center have reached a settlement with Steward St. Elizabeth's administration that will ensure management will adhere to staffing levels previously agreed to in their union contract, which was ratified in July. As a result of the positive settlement, which was finalized on Friday, the nurses have canceled a planned information picket for Tuesday, March 19.
"We are pleased that Steward and SEMC management have responded to our concerns and have worked with us to achieve a fair settlement of this issue, and most important of all, has made a commitment to immediately improve the staffing conditions that we all believe will ensure the high standard of patient care our patients expect and deserve," said Chris Kenney, RN, a nurse at SEMC and co-chair of the nurses' local bargaining unit with the Massachusetts Nurses Association.
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.
SOURCE Massachusetts Nurses Association