GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) — Nurses at a western Massachusetts hospital are ready to walk off the job for the second time in a less than a year.
Roughly 200 unionized nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield have a one-day strike scheduled to start at 7 a.m. Wednesday.
The hospital, however, has scheduled a three-day lockout to start at 7 p.m. Tuesday, when it will bring in temporary nurses.
The staff nurses have been embroiled in a year-and-a-half long labor dispute with management. They say they are understaffed and overworked, which they contend puts patient care at risk. They want staffing requirements written into contract language.
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Management says such language would rob it of staffing flexibility and says it has addressed all the nurses’ issues regarding staffing, wages and health insurance costs.