Worcester nurses plan 1-day strike over staffing
The Telegram & Gazette reports that the hospital plans to hire replacement nurses and promises that patient care will not be affected.
Nurses say they’ll strike for 24 hours unless they reach a contract agreement with the hospital.
Lynne P. Starbard, co-chairwoman of the union representing nurses at the Memorial and Hahnemann campuses, says the hospital is ignoring the union’s requests for more staff.
UMass Memorial said a strike would be disappointing and that the hospital is willing to continue good-faith negotiations. It says it has proposed adding nurses to several departments at a cost of nearly $11 million a year.