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

Nurses to vote Tuesday on another strike

Friday, October 11, 2013

GREENFIELD — The Massachusetts Nurses Association has organized a strike authorization vote for next Tuesday, which would give union leaders the green light to organize another strike in the future against Baystate Franklin Medical Center. Nurses will vote for or against a strike and indicate if they would … 0

One year after strike, no end in sight for Baystate Franklin and nurses

Thursday, October 10, 2013

GREENFIELD — When nurses lined the side of High Street on an October day just over one year ago, waving picket signs as honking cars drove by, they had hoped their one-day strike against Baystate Franklin Medical Center … 0

Mediation has not been cure for hospital, nurses

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

GREENFIELD — A federal mediator has attended contract talks between Baystate Franklin Medical Center and its nurses since summer 2012 — but his presence has not helped the two sides reach a settlement. Under debate this month between the hospital and the Massachusetts Nurses Association is whether mediation … 0

Nurses want to use arbitration to settle contract dispute; hospital not on board

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center nurses, tired of their nearly two-year contract dispute with the hospital, have offered to settle through a neutral but binding arbitrator — but the hospital is not on board with the plan. About half of the hospital’s 200-plus nurses attended a membership … 0

Childs/My Turn: At odds with the MNA

Friday, July 19, 2013

I have worked at Baystate Franklin Medical Center as a Registered Nurse for over 13 years, and for many of these I supported the nurses’ union, the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), and its attempts to work toward increasing benefits and supporting us as nurses. I continue to hold … 1

Hospital faces labor complaint in contract talks

Monday, July 8, 2013

GREENFIELD — The National Labor Relations Board has issued a complaint based on two unfair labor practices charges filed by the Massachusetts Nurses Association against Baystate Franklin Medical Center. In the charges, the union alleges that the hospital did not respond to an information request during negotiations and … 0

Hospital chief rebuts nurses’ claims in letter about care

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center president Chuck Gijanto insists in a countywide letter that the hospital is increasing its medical services — a direct response to resolutions approved in 10 towns that urge the hospital to keep … 0

Editorial: Labor movement?

Friday, April 26, 2013

Given recent events in the world, it’s understandable that many people want to latch on to good news. And having such news be here in Franklin County, well, that’s an extra bonus. Fortunately, we’re hearing that there have been some positive discussions in the ongoing contract talks between … 0

Nurses, hospital see progress in contract talks

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

GREENFIELD — Baystate Franklin Medical Center nurses were optimistic Wednesday that the 19-month contract debate with their hospital may soon be resolved. “We all, on our side of the table, felt very encouraged with the discussion and that both sides are trying to meet each other,” said Linda … 0

Hospital president: ‘We’re not dying’

Thursday, March 7, 2013

GREENFIELD — The use of medical services in Springfield is not a statement of diminishing quality of Baystate Franklin Medical Center but rather part of a larger health care trend, argued hospital president Chuck Gijanto Thursday. Gijanto, countering … 0

Hospital care draws complaints

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

GREENFIELD — As health services and procedures shift down to Springfield and hospital administrators pay more attention to decisions that affect the bottom line, local health needs are increasingly in jeopardy, argued residents and nurses Wednesday. Organized by … 0

30 sessions, no contract

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

GREENFIELD — The 30th contract negotiation session between Baystate Franklin Medical Center registered nurses and hospital administrators ended like the past 29: the two sides walked away Monday without signing a contract. A debate on overtime pay continues to prolong talks which began in October of 2011, preventing … 0