WBGH Nurses Ratify New Contract With ‘Historic’ Raises

2022-03-18T16:50:48+00:00March 18th, 2022|News|

The 300-plus nurses at General Hospital voted Tuesday to ratify a new, three-year contact that prioritizes nurse retention and patient care and includes “historic” raises, according to a release from their union. Th pact includes wage increases of 18%, 3% and 3% over three years. In the midst of a statewide staffing crisis, the agreement [...]

Sparrow Home Care Wins Unionization Case

2022-03-05T02:18:32+00:00March 4th, 2022|News|

Healthcare workers at Sparrow Home Care have voted to create a union with the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA). According to the Michigan Nurses Association, the National Labor Relations Board voted unanimously (31-0) in favor of unionization. “We are so excited to have successfully won our union,” said Sarah Pangle, an occupational therapist at Sparrow Home [...]

Mass General Brigham Ads Touting Expansion are Ruffling Feathers

2022-03-05T01:47:49+00:00March 3rd, 2022|News|

The state’s largest health system wants to expand, and it wants your support. For weeks, Mass General Brigham has splashed its teal ads across newspaper pages, television screens, and the Internet to rally support behind its proposed $2.3 billion expansion. The campaign, which experts estimate cost millions of dollars, has angered competitors and a legislator, [...]

Nurses at Providence Hospital Vote to Unionize by 2-1 Margin

2022-03-05T02:13:58+00:00March 2nd, 2022|News|

Nurses voted to unionize by about a 2-1 margin at Roger Williams Medical Center in Providence, union organizers said. The wide margin of victory illustrates the nurses' “deep dissatisfaction” with management, said Lynn Blais, president of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals. The Boston Globe reported Tuesday that around 220 nurses at Roger Williams will [...]

‘We Feel Exuberant, Amazing’: St. Vincent Hospital Nurses Vote to Keep Union with Mass. Nurses Association

2022-03-05T14:17:05+00:00February 28th, 2022|News|

The Massachusetts Nurses Association will stay at St. Vincent Hospital, after nurses voted 302 to 133 in favor of retaining the union. “We feel exuberant, amazing. Totally vindicated and ready to move forward,” Marlena Pellegrino, a longtime nurse and co-chair of the bargaining unit said in an interview following Monday's vote count. “This has been a grueling [...]

New Bedford Nurses Win Union Contract After Lengthy Labor Dispute

2022-03-05T02:25:23+00:00February 25th, 2022|News|

Nurses at St. Luke’s Hospital in New Bedford ratified their first union contract on Friday, bringing an end to a three-year dispute over working conditions and wages. For much of the pandemic, nurses at St. Luke’s, the city's largest employer, earned less than their peers at nearby hospitals, according to the union. The Massachusetts Nurses [...]

Listen to Your Nurses: We Need Relief on the Front Lines

2022-03-05T02:35:37+00:00February 24th, 2022|News|

I have worked as a pediatric ICU nurse at Westchester Medical Center for more than seven years. Patients from a five-county region come to our hospital, including our children’s hospital and level I trauma center. We provide intensive and specialty care to some of the most vulnerable patient populations. Understaffing is a long-standing issue in [...]

‘Nurses Have Finally Learned What They’re Worth’

2022-03-05T02:28:47+00:00February 15th, 2022|News|

In the early morning on Mother’s Day in 2020, Solomon Barraza walked into an intensive-care unit in Amarillo, Texas, and, with the fluorescent lights clicking on above him after the night shift, flipped through the stack of papers attached to a gray clipboard — his roster of patients and nurses for the day. Barraza, who [...]

The Votes Are In: Milford Nurses Vote to Unionize

2022-03-05T02:02:47+00:00February 22nd, 2021|News|

Nurses at Milford Regional Medical Center have unionized. “We are overjoyed. We are so happy and so proud,” said Karen Kerr, a nurse on one of the hospital’s COVID-19 floors. “We’re looking forward to all working together now.” The National Labor Relations Board tallied the votes Monday, and a representative from the Massachusetts Nurses Association released [...]

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