New England News
4:30 pm
Fri August 31, 2012

Nurses Authorize Strike At Greenfield Mass. Hospital

Nurses at a western Massachusetts hospital have taken a strike vote as contract talks have stalled.  WAMC’s Paul Tuthill reports

   The Massachusetts Nurses  Association reported the vote by 209 members of the union at Baystate  Franklyn Medical Center was overwhelmingly in favor of authorizing union leaders to call a strike. It does  not  mean a strike will happen. If the union declares a strike there would be ten days notice before the nurses  could walk out.   The union and management at the Greenfield hospital have been bargaining since last October. The old contract expired  last  Spring.  The dispute centers  on wages, benefits, and work rules.