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Strike Averted as Tufts Medical Center Reaches Tentative Deal With MNA/NNU

Sunday, May 8, 2011 Nursing Profession News J E 4
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BOSTON, May 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Tufts Medical Center announced this morning it has reached a tentative 18-month contract extension agreement with the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, averting a 5-day strike the union had planned beginning at 6 a.m. today.

"For the past six months Tufts Medical Center has negotiated in good faith with the MNA/NNU, and we are pleased that we have been able to reach a tentative agreement and avoid a strike," said Ellen Zane, President and CEO of Tufts Medical Center.  "This has been a long and difficult process, but throughout we have listened to our nurses and responded to their needs.  We value the hard work and dedication of our nursing professionals, who are some of the most skilled in the nation. Now is the time for us all to move forward together."

The final agreement contains additional resources for nurses, including a charge nurse program and a more robust float pool. Nurses will receive a 2-percent salary increase.

Both organizations acknowledged their joint commitment to safe, high quality patient care and agreed that the decision to increase a nurse's patient assignment above normal staffing patterns would be worked out by the nurse manager or supervisor in collaboration with the RNs involved and the nurse executive as needed. There are no mandatory ratios in the contract.

"Tufts Medical Center is known for exceptional clinical care and great compassionate, and our nurses are a vital part of our medical care team," said Michael Wagner, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Tufts Medical Center.  "We are thrilled that our nurses will continue to be with our patients Friday morning."

Tufts Medical Center provides outstanding care that has been recognized by independent, third-party organizations including the Joint Commission, University HealthSystem Consortium and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health

"I am extremely grateful to all our employees who worked tirelessly to prepare our organization to carry forward with excellent patient care no matter what the result of our negotiations," Zane said. "We all look forward to continuing our work for our patients, side by side with our nursing colleagues."

SOURCE Tufts Medical Center

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