St. Vincent Hospital nurses approve 1-day strike

  1. Nurses at St. Vincent Hospital, in Worcester, MA, have authorized a 1-day strike over staffing levels.

    My mother has cancer. Between her PCP, oncologist, and chemo appointments, she spends a lot of time at St. Vincent. Ever since her surgery, almost 3 years ago, she has noticed the lack of nurses.

    UMass Memorial, the other big hospital in town, announced nursing layoffs earlier this year. Meanwhile, thousands of new grads can't find jobs. I grew up nearby, and I had to leave the state to find a nursing job. My godmother's youngest daughter graduated from nursing school almost 2 years ago; she's considering joining the Army to get a job.

    If the strike results in more nursing jobs, I'm all for it.
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  3. by   herring_RN
    open the link o the safe staffing provisions for their new contract.
  4. by   herring_RN
    [color=#333333]st. v nurses ok contract
    [color=#333333]3-year deal addresses staffing concerns

    [color=#333333]friday, may 20, 2011

    [color=#333333]worcester[color=#333333]-nurses at st. vincent hospital have approved a new three-year contract, closing a labor dispute that nearly ended in a strike earlier this month.

    [color=#333333]the massachusetts nurses association, which represents the 750 registered nurses, did not disclose the vote tally from wednesday night but said the nurses voted overwhelmingly to ratify an agreement that runs from january 2010 to december 2012. the contract includes language related to staffing levels and a 1 percent wage increase for the year that started jan. 1, followed by another 1 percent wage increase in january 2012....

    [color=#333333]...after the ratification vote, the nurses said in a press release that the new staffing levels will transform st. vincent from "one of the worst staffed hospitals in the state to one of the best."
    [color=#333333]the hospital said it was grateful to the hospital's committed nurses but disappointed by the actions of the massachusetts nurses association and national nurses united....