No nurses strike in Worcester

Looks like the nurses in Massachusetts won’t be striking.

From the Worcester paper:

WORCESTER —  St. Vincent Hospital nurses yesterday scuttled plans for a one-day strike that would have started tomorrow, saying they reached a tentative agreement with hospital management for a three-year contract that includes improved staffing provisions.

A vote to ratify the agreement is planned next week.

The proposed contract provides that no nurse would care for more than four to five patients during the day and evening, and no more than five patients at night. The nurses’ previous contract allowed nurses to care for up to six patients during the day and evening, and up to seven patients at night, according to a news release.

From the MNA:

WORCESTER, MA — After a 6 -hour negotiating session, the registered nurses of the St. Vincent Hospital have reached a tentative agreement with management tonight, averting a strike that was set to begin on Friday May 6. The three-year pact includes industry-leading, contractually enforceable RN-to-patient ratios that will transform the hospital from being one of the worst staffed hospitals in the state to one of the best.

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