Greenfield Democratic Town Committee backs nurses in contract talks

Thursday, April 20, 2017

GREENFIELD — Members of the Greenfield Democratic Town Committee have voted unanimously to support the 200 registered nurses of Baystate Franklin Medical Center during ongoing contract negotiations.

“Baystate Franklin Medical Center nurses have expressed serious concerns about their ability to provide quality care to every patient,” said Karen “Rudy” Renaud, a member of the Democratic Town Committee and the Town Council, in a news release. “Our committee stands behind the nurses as they seek to make the hospital a safer place by limiting the number of patients that nurses can be assigned at any time. We also support the nurses and all hospital staff because they are valued members of our community, providing essential services and helping Greenfield prosper.”

On Tuesday, the nurses announced they will hold an informational picket April 27 in front of the hospital from 4 to 5:30 p.m.

In March, the Massachusetts Nurses Association chapter at the hospital in Greenfield, which includes all nurses at the facility, filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board against Baystate Health.

The charges assert that Baystate has engaged in a pattern of unfair and illegal bargaining, repeatedly failing to provide information requested by nurses, showing a pattern of delays and refusing to negotiate over mandatory bargaining subjects such as nurse workload, health insurance, and health and safety language.