Nurses strike after impasse in employment contract dispute

Nurses are on the front lines of patient care. They often work long hours under hectic conditions, which is why many of them seek protection for their rights under a union. However, even with the assistance of these unions, not every employment contract dispute is easily resolved, as many California workers can attest.

A nurses' union in one state recently called for a one-day strike in an effort to get Tuft's Medical Center to re-enter negotiations. An estimated 1,200 nurses agreed to go on strike after contract negotiations stalled after more than a year. Union representatives state that the nurses at Tuft's receive lower compensation than nurses at comparable facilities and that the administration refuses to settle on a fair pension plan for these vital employees. Nurses also cite concerns over lack of adequate staffing.

Hospital administrators claim they have attempted to resolve the dispute, but the other side is not willing to make any concessions. On their part, they are enforcing a four-day lock-out after the strike since they have entered a five-day contract with substitute nurses. Nurses have asserted that the hospital is losing skilled nurses due to the issues that they are attempting to address through a new contract.

Union representatives expressed regret that a strike became necessary in order to help ensure that the hospital will return to earnest negotiations. Once they return to duty, the nurses will be required to give a 10-day notice before they attempt another strike. California workers who are caught in the midst of their own employment contract dispute may elect to seek the assistance of an employment law professional in an effort to achieve the best resolution possible.  

Source: bostonherald.com, "Nurses at Tufts hit the picket line, CEO slams walk-out", Lindsay Kalter, July 12, 2017

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