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After 20-Hour Negotiating Session, UMass Memorial/Hahnemann Nurses Reach Tenative Agreement to Avert a Strike

05.17.2013

 

Pact Provides Contractually Guaranteed Improvements in Staffing and Protection of Benefits
 
University Committee to Return to the Table on Monday
 
After 20 hours of talks with a federal mediator, we are pleased to report that the UMass Memorial/Hahnemann nurses’ negotiating committee  has reached a tentative agreement with management on a new two-year contract that includes long-sought improvements in staffing with limits on nurse patient assignments and a commitment to hire a significant number of nurses to improve patient care conditions at the facility, while also protecting the nurses’ benefit package .  With the agreement the notice to strike for Memorial/Hahnemann nurses has been lifted for May 23. 
 
We are not sharing the specific details of the agreement at this time to allow time for the members to review the pact prior to a soon to be scheduled vote for ratification. 
 
The  nurses on the UMass Memorial Medical Center University campus  have yet to reach an agreement, with talks scheduled on Monday with the federal mediator, where we hope UMass management can provide the staffing improvements these nurses need to keep their patients safe.    The strike notice for the University nurses is still in effect for May 23. 
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