The 3,300 registered nurses of Brigham and Women’s Hospital voted overwhelmingly on June 13, 2016 to authorize a one-day strike. Brigham nurses have been negotiating a new contract with the hospital and owner Partners HealthCare since September 2015.
LATEST: Negotiation update 6.24.16
BWH/Partners refuses to agree to safely staff a critical thoracic step-down unit, endangering patient safety. The hospital also wants to force newly hired nurses into a lesser health insurance program. A two-tiered benefit system would divide Brigham nurses and give the hospital additional control over more nurses’ health care plans.
Brigham nurses are prepared to strike for 24 hours starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, June 27 unless BWH/Partners offers a fair settlement that values patients and nurses over corporate profits.
Find out more about Brigham nurses’ issues. This link brings you to a statement from the nurses about the ongoing contract negotiations and pending strike.
Learn about nurse staffing issues in the thoracic step-down unit. A cut in core staffing in this area has jeopardized safe care for some of the hospital’s sickest patients.
Learn about mercenary replacement nurses. BWH/Partners claims to be hiring 700 replacement nurses to temporarily replace the 3,300 highly specialized Brigham nurses. This is irresponsible.