Nurses give Bangor hospital 10-day strike notice
October 8, 2007
BANGOR, Maine --Nurses at a Bangor hospital said they will go on strike Oct. 17 unless there's a breakthrough in contract negotiations before then.
Hospital officials say they are preparing for the walkout and will bring in replacement nurses during the strike.
While the two sides have made progress on some issues since talks began in July, they have bogged down over a union demand for a "professional practice committee" that would be made up entirely of direct-care nurses.
The committee would make recommendations to improve care or to address nursing issues but would not have the authority to set change or set policy.
The nurses say the committee, modeled after a system in California, would promote open and honest communication among direct-care nurses about issues important to patient care.
"We just want to have a committee that is an open forum for nurses," said Judy Brown, president of the union.
Hospital officials say the exclusion of managers from the committee would be contrary to its policies….