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Nurses Authorize Strike At Greenfield Mass. Hospital


Nurses at a western Massachusetts hospital have taken a strike vote as contract talks have stalled.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

   The Massachusetts Nurses  Association reported the vote by 209 members of the union at Baystate  Franklyn Medical Center was overwhelmingly in favor of authorizing union leaders to call a strike. It does  not  mean a strike will happen. If the union declares a strike there would be ten days notice before the nurses  could walk out.   The union and management at the Greenfield hospital have been bargaining since last October. The old contract expired  last  Spring.  The dispute centers  on wages, benefits, and work rules.

Paul Tuthill is WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief. He’s been covering news, everything from politics and government corruption to natural disasters and the arts, in western Massachusetts since 2007. Before joining WAMC, Paul was a reporter and anchor at WRKO in Boston. He was news director for more than a decade at WTAG in Worcester. Paul has won more than two dozen Associated Press Broadcast Awards. He won an Edward R. Murrow award for reporting on veterans’ healthcare for WAMC in 2011. Born and raised in western New York, Paul did his first radio reporting while he was a student at the University of Rochester.