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Nurses at Two Massachusetts Hospitals Plan Strike


Boston, MA – Nurses at two Massachusetts hospitals are planning a one-day strike to protest what they call staffing levels that endanger patient safety. WAMC's Tristan O'Neill reports...

Nurses at Tufts Medical Center in Boston and St. Vincent's Hospital in Worcester plan to strike on May 6.

About 1,000 nurses are expected to walk off the job at Tufts, about 740 at St. Vincent's. The hospitals are not affiliated.

The unions organized the strikes after getting "last, best, and final offers" from management in labor negotiations. A sticking point for both has been staffing levels. Management at both hospitals says nurse-to-patient ratios are safe.

The hospitals say they have already made arrangements to bring in temporary nurses in the event of a strike that can still be averted with a labor agreement.

Tristan O'Neill, WAMC News.

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