Skip to comments.Baystate Franklin Medical Center nurses take to the picket line in Springfield(MA)
Posted on 10/03/2012 5:25:56 PM PDT by matt04
More than 125 unionized nurses and their supporters picketed Baystate Medical Center on Wednesday afternoon, hours before heading into the last scheduled bargaining session before a one-day strike at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.
"We hope to get it settled, we really do," said Donna L. Stern of Greenfield, a registered nurse and co-chairwoman of the bargaining committee. "I can't wait to get back to taking care of patients. I love being a nurse."
If an agreement is not reached, the nurses will strike for 24 hours from 7 a.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday.
But Stern and her co-chairwoman, registered nurse Linda M. Judd of Shelburne, said Baystate and the Massachusetts Nurses Association are still far apart on several key issues, including sick time policy, overtime and the costs nurses bear for their health care coverage.
The bargaining unit represents 209 registered nurses at Baystate Franklin and another 55 home health nurses at Baystate Visiting Nurses and Hospice.
Baystate wants to figure overtime by the week so that it starts after the 40th hour of the week. Right now, nurses at the hospital in Greenfield get time-and-a-half if they work beyond the end of their usual shift. If a nurse, for example, is scheduled to work an eight-hour day but works 10 hours, the nurse would receive two hours of time-and-a-half pay.
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