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Nurse Negotiations

Baystate Franklin Medical Center nurses hosting party Friday night to thank community

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center nurses will hold a party at the Greenfield Grille Friday night to thank the community for its support during the recent 29-month contract dispute with the hospital. Nurses and hospital officials signed a new contract last month. Nurses want people to stay involved in an effort to keep medical services local in Greenfield, and view the party, which starts at 6 p.m., as another … 0

Baystate Franklin Medical Center nurses ratify new contract

Thursday, February 13, 2014

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center nurses unanimously voted Thursday to ratify a new contract that will maintain daily overtime through 2016 and end their 29-month standoff with the hospital. The agreement that ultimately broke the deadlock, and averted a 24-hour strike that had been scheduled Monday, was set into motion last week by state Sen. Stanley Rosenberg. He brought the parties back … 0

Nurses strike averted

Friday, February 7, 2014

GREENFIELD — On the brink of another nursing strike at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, hospital officials and nurses union leaders reached a tentative contract agreement on Friday that will end their 29-month standoff. State Sen. Stanley Rosenberg and Rep. Stephen Kulik orchestrated the 11th-hour negotiations in the Hotel Northampton, which lasted for about … 0

Hospital to use temps during strike

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center will hire temporary nurses to work Monday during the planned one-day nursing strike, allowing all medical services to continue unabated. That’s a difference from the 24-hour strike that took place in October … 0

For second time, nurses to strike against Baystate Franklin

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center nurses said Wednesday they intend to strike for 24 hours against their hospital, beginning on Feb. 10 at 7 a.m., in what will be the second labor walkout in 17 months. The strike announcement, which the Massachusetts Nurses Association intends to give … 1

Hospital declares impasse in negotiations

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

GREENFIELD — There has been no resolution in the 28-month negotiations between Baystate Franklin Medical Center and its nursing staff, but the hospital declared an impasse Tuesday and said it will immediately put into effect changes it has sought through contract talks. In implementing Baystate Franklin’s most recent … 0

Visiting nurses suing Baystate Health

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Nurses at Baystate Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice, including at least one Greenfield resident, are suing parent company Baystate Health over a dispute about overtime. The nurses — about 45 in number, who work in Springfield and Ware and are represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association — claim … 0

No progress made in Baystate Franklin Medical Center nurse contract talks

Sunday, December 29, 2013

GREENFIELD — The latest negotiation session between Baystate Franklin Medical Center and its nurses went like almost all of their past contract talks in 2013: nowhere. The two parties will enter their third year of contract talks, with the nurses’ negotiators still holding onto a three-day strike authorization … 0

Letter: Insulting to nurses

Thursday, November 21, 2013

It was depressing to read Karen Scott, who describes herself as a “staunch supporter of labor,” parrot Baystate Health’s talking points in its conflict with its nurses at Baystate Franklin in the pages of The Recorder. Scott and Baystate claim that the nurses are pawns in the larger … 0

No Thanksgiving nurse strike; union, hospital continue talks

Monday, November 18, 2013

GREENFIELD — It looks like Baystate Franklin Medical Center nurses will spend their Thanksgiving holidays either working or with their families — but not on the picket lines during a strike, as rumored. While Massachusetts Nurses Association leaders are authorized to give strike notice at any time (with … 0

Scott/My Turn: Unhealthy message

Monday, November 11, 2013

As a physician at Baystate Franklin Medical Center and a community member, I was dismayed to hear of the nursing strike authorization vote. While I have always been a staunch supporter of labor, I feel another strike at BFMC is the wrong approach to the conflict about overtime … 0

Judd and Stern/My Turn: Motivated by patient safety

Monday, October 28, 2013

Recently, we attended the annual state convention of our nursing association along with 250 colleagues from across Massachusetts. The closing event was a presentation by a panel of eight nurses from Boston hospitals who were working in emergency departments, operating rooms and the medical tent on Boylston Street … 0

No progress in nurses negotiation session

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

GREENFIELD — No progress was made Wednesday in the first contract negotiation session since Baystate Franklin Medical Center nurses authorized a three-day strike against their hospital. Donna Stern, a nurse and co-chair of the local bargaining unit, said that the federal mediator took a more active role and … 0

Editorial: Missing from contract talks

Friday, October 18, 2013

“All government — indeed, every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue and every prudent act — is founded on compromise and barter,” said Edmund Burke in his “Speech on Conciliation with America,” given in 1775. The Irish-born, English statesman’s thoughts could — and should — be readily applied … 0

Nurses OK strike vote

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center nurses voted by an overwhelming majority Tuesday to authorize a three-day strike against their hospital, a move union leaders hope will pressure officials to settle the labor dispute in arbitration. But hospital … 0