Pact Provides Nurses with Staffing Improvements, Limits on Patient Assignments in Key Areas, and Strict Limits on the Use of Mandatory Overtime as a Staffing Tool
BOSTON, May 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is being released by the Massachusetts Nurses Association:
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"We are proud of this agreement and what it will mean for the patients we care for every day," said Barbara Tiller, RN, co-chair of the nurses' local bargaining unit. "Our nurses made a courageous stand for safe staffing and working conditions, and the hospital finally responded with improvements that we believe will enhance our ability to deliver the care our patients expect and deserve."
The 18-month agreement runs from May 18, 2011 to Nov. 19, 2012. The pact includes the following key provisions:
In reaching the agreement, the union officially withdrew its strike notice and has scheduled a vote to ratify the agreement on May 19.
The nurses began negotiating a new contract with Tufts Medical Center management in September of 2010 and a total of 19 negotiating sessions have been held to date. The current contract expired on Dec. 31, 2010.
Founded in 1903, the Massachusetts Nurses Association is the largest professional health care organization and the largest union of registered nurses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Its 23,000 members advance the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Legislature and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public. The MNA is also a founding member of National Nurses United, the largest national nurses union in the United States with more than 150,000 members from coast to coast.
SOURCE Massachusetts Nurses Association
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