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After October’s one-day strike and lockout, Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and unionized nurses will go back to the bargaining table Tuesday. 

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The sides are still at odds after a high-profile one-day nurses’ strike and a resulting lockout at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts earlier this month. Unionized nurses rallied Tuesday night outside the hospital, looking to build support before upcoming contract negotiations. 

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After a high-profile one-day strike and a resulting lockout, unionized nurses and Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts are no closer to resolving their contract standoff. 

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With nurses still picketing outside Berkshire Medical Center after a 24-hour strike ended Wednesday morning, leadership says it’s business as usual inside the Pittsfield, Massachusetts hospital. 

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Hundreds of nurses planned to go to back to work at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts at 7 this morning after a 24-hour strike. But hospital management locked them out.

 

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More than 200 nurses walked out of Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts this morning and onto the picket line. It follows a year of failed contract negotiations.

Berkshire Medical Center nurses intend to start a 24-hour unfair labor practice strike at 7 a.m. Tuesday.  It follows a year of failed contract negotiations, and replacement nurses are being trained.

A hearing has been under way since 11 this morning between the Massachusetts Nurses Association and Berkshire Medical Center in U.S. District Court in Springfield as the hospital tries to halt a planned strike next week with a federal injunction. The two groups have been at an impasse over a new contract for a year. WAMC’s Berkshire Bureau Chief JD Allen spoke with Berkshire Health Systems Vice President and General Counsel John Rogers about the union’s plans to hold a 24-hour unfair labor practice strike beginning October 3rd. 

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  Berkshire Medical Center nurses say they intend to strike in October after submitting a 10-day notice to the Pittsfield, Massachusetts hospital Friday.

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Nurses at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Massachusetts have been negotiating a new contract for a year. They discussed on-the-job challenges at a safe patient care community town hall Tuesday. 

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Berkshire Medical Center has filed an unfair labor practice charge against the Massachusetts Nurses Association. 

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Berkshire Medical Center nurses authorized their union to give the hospital a 10-day strike notice Wednesday night amid a contract impasse. 

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Berkshire Medical Center nurses have filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board. 

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Nurses at Berkshire Medical Center have declined what Berkshire Health System calls its “best and final” offer for a new contract. 

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Nurses at Berkshire Medical Center sent a petition to Berkshire Health System’s CEO and Board of Trustees on Friday, renewing calls for a fair labor agreement.  

Nurses at Berkshire Medical Center rally at the Pittsfield, MA hospital in December 2014.
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Update at 1:15 Thursday: The Massachusetts Nurses Association has canceled Thursday's rally due to the winter storm in Pittsfield.

Despite the winter storm, nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are planning a rally in Pittsfield today over what they say are unsafe staffing levels at the hospital. WAMC spoke with Amber VanBramer, a registered nurse at BMC who is a member of the bargaining committee for the Massachusetts Nurses Association at the hospital. The union represents all of the roughly 800 registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center.

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A Massachusetts hospital says the personal information of more than 1,700 patients has been found on thumb drives recovered from a former employee of an outside service vendor.

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Being in a hospital intensive care unit is unsettling to say the least. Commotion, alarms and PA systems are part of the chaos. So the sounds of a guitar would seem out of place…but are they? WAMC reports on a musician and a doctor who think just the opposite.

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A Pittsfield hospital was briefly placed on lockdown Saturday after an armed suspect fleeing police entered the complex.

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Like much of the country, western Massachusetts is dealing with a substantial increase in opioid and substance abuse that is taxing existing services. Now two area care providers are seeking to expand their capabilities to deal with the epidemic.

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The Massachusetts Department of Public Health recently approved a 30-bed long-term recovery unit for people suffering from opioid and substance abuse addiction in Pittsfield. It will be the only unit of its kind in Berkshire County.

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Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass. is in the midst of a $4.5 million overhaul of its mental health units.

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Berkshire Health Systems today announced a new care program for people in Northern Berkshire County who saw the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital in March 2014.

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A group of western Massachusetts hospitals has received funding to improve behavioral health treatment in the state.

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Nurses from Berkshire Medical Center picketed outside the Pittsfield hospital this afternoon. They say the hospital is not properly staffed for a patient increase following the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital in March. The hospital continues to refute the claims.

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Nurses from Berkshire Medical Center are planning an informational picket next week. They say the Pittsfield hospital is not properly staffed for a patient increase following the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital. The hospital is refuting the claims.

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Nurses from Berkshire Medical Center are planning an informational picket next week claiming the Pittsfield hospital is not properly staffed for a 20 percent patient increase following the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital. BMC is refuting the claims saying the increase is closer to 10 percent. 

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Berkshire Medical Center is restoring mammography services to Northern Berkshire County following the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital in March. The department will be fully operational December 1st.

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Over the course of two days, it’s been announced that $9 million has been allocated for healthcare services and improvements at the former North Adams Regional Hospital, which abruptly closed in March. Berkshire Health Systems now owns the site after the hospital’s parent company Northern Berkshire Healthcare filed for bankruptcy in April.

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One day after announcing it will invest $6 million to upgrade and expand outpatient services at the former North Adams Regional Hospital, Berkshire Medical Center has been awarded $3 million by the state of Massachusetts to further aid the region.

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