UMass Medical Center University Campus Nurses Reach Agreement, Strike Averted
Nurses achieve safer staffing to protect patient care
After hours of negotiations today the registered nurses of UMass Memorial Medical Center’s University campus reached a tentative agreement with UMMMC management that provides the staffing improvements nurses sought to ensure their patients receive quality care at this level one trauma center. The settlement averts a strike, which was set to begin at 6 a.m. on Thursday.
“The three-year contract provides for significant improvements in staffing levels on all floors with limits on nurses patients assignments we sought to ensure safe patient care,” said Margaret McLoughlin, RN, chair of the local bargaining unit for the nurses, who are represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United. “We believe this is a fair agreement that is a victory for all of us -- nurses, management and most important of all, our patients and community.” http://www.massnurses.org/news-and-e.../openItem/8328