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WAMC confirms North Adams Regional Hospital will reopen in March, a decade after sudden closure

Hospital, Nurses Union Reach Settlement

MNA

A lengthy contract dispute between nurses and management at a western Massachusetts hospital has been settled, and a threatened strike averted.

Baystate Franklin Medical Center and the Massachusetts Nurses Association announced a tentative agreement Friday on a new five year contract. Negotiations had dragged on for two years, and nurses had called a one day strike for Monday.  Now, hospital president Chuck Gijanto said all acrimony will be in the past.

"We together, we are united, we are going to recommit to take care of all the patients in our community."

The 200 nurses will receive pay raises and bonuses and the hospital will pay a larger share for their family health insurance.  The hospital dropped a demand to calculate overtime on a weekly rather than a daily basis in  return for a one-hour grace period before overtime would apply.  Linda Judd, a long time nurse at the hospital said she was thrilled.

The record-setting tenure of Springfield Mayor Domenic Sarno. The 2011 tornado and its recovery that remade the largest city in Western Massachusetts. The fallout from the deadly COVID outbreak at the Holyoke Soldiers Home. Those are just a few of the thousands and thousands of stories WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill has covered for WAMC in his nearly 17 years with the station.