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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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The Massachusetts Nurses Association is opposing the state Attorney General's decision not to penalize the leaders of the shuttered North Adams Regional Hospital for failing to provide adequate public notice of their plan to close the facility in 2014. 

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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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Staffers at Berkshire Medical Center have asked the hospital’s unionized nurses not to strike. 

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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 Baystate Franklin Medical Center say they have filed six federal unfair labor practice charges against hospital owner Baystate Health. 

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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Nurse and patient advocates in Massachusetts are using an unorthodox method to drum up support for legislation calling for more transparency into hospital profits and setting limits on CEO salaries. Supporters are heading to Boston for a legislative committee hearing on the bill.

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A group of Northern Berkshire residents who have been meeting weekly since North Adams Regional Hospital closed 11 months ago is coming together under one name. Members of the North County Cares Coalition are planning a rally at North Adams City Hall Wednesday.

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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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People in northern Berkshire County plan to sign a letter urging Massachusetts to provide public access to a report that could determine what healthcare in the region looks like six months after the closure of North Adams Regional Hospital.

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The Massachusetts Nurses Association has released a report stating a full-service hospital in Northern Berkshire County is financially feasible, after North Adams Regional Hospital closed March 28th

The MNA says its researchers reviewed IRS and bankruptcy filings by the hospital’s parent company Northern Berkshire Healthcare over the past decade. David Schildmeier is the union’s spokesman.

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The Massachusetts Nurses Association has released a report stating a full-service hospital in Northern Berkshire County is financially feasible, after North Adams Regional Hospital closed March 28th.

MNA says its researchers reviewed the hospital’s IRS filings from 2002 to 2012. David Schildmeier is the union’s spokesman.

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A hearing continues Thursday on the bankruptcy status of Northern Berkshire Healthcare, the parent company of the shuttered North Adams Regional Hospital. About 20 former employees and members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association plan to attend the hearing in Springfield.

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People in North Adams are rallying at North Adams Regional Hospital trying to prevent tomorrow’s scheduled closing.

Following a meeting Wednesday night at the American Legion and a protest outside the hospital this morning, roughly 30 community members are occupying the hospital cafeteria.  David Schildmeier is with the Massachusetts Nurses Association which represents about 100 nurses at the hospital.

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Massachusetts hospitals are facing off against the state's top nurses' union over a ballot question that would set nurse-patient ratios.

Massachusetts Hospital Association President Lynn Nicholas told the Health Care Financing Committee on Monday that patients in Massachusetts already receive among the highest quality of care in the nation and that more nurses won't guarantee improved care.

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Despite opposition from community members, Northern Berkshire Healthcare will move forward with plans to close its psychiatric and pediatric units.

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