Backus Hospital nurses reach agreement after 2-day strike

The tentative arrangement reached Oct. 17 includes pay comparable in agreement year three to nurses at Hartford HealthCares Windham Hospital in Willimantic, Conn., according to a union summary obtained by the Connecticut Post.

Backus Federation of Nurses, AFT Local 5149, which represents about 415 nurses at Backus Hospital and its partner medical centers, had been working out with the health center for months to fix contract problems about client care, workplace security and recruitment and retention, according to the union. Nurses licensed a strike in September over these issues and released a strike notification Oct. 2. This is why we have actually worked hard to look for an agreement to permit us to continue to work together to combat the pandemic and secure our neighborhood.”.

Registered nurses at Hartford HealthCares Backus Hospital in Norwich, Conn., have actually reached a tentative contract agreement with health center management after a two-day strike that began Oct. 13, according to union and hospital officials.

Backus Federation of Nurses, AFT Local 5149, which represents about 415 nurses at Backus Hospital and its partner medical centers, had actually been working out with the health center for months to deal with contract concerns about client care, work environment security and recruitment and retention, according to the union. Nurses licensed a strike in September over these concerns and issued a strike notification Oct. 2. A strike started Oct. 13 and ended Oct. 15..

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Union authorities stated the tentative agreement also resolves making use of individual protective equipment and consists of reduced health insurance coverage premiums, as well as retroactive bonuses on ratification, according to the publication..

” We are pleased that ongoing settlements between the healthcare facility and the nurses union have led to contract on a fair and responsible agreement,” Backus Hospital President Donna Handley, BSN, RN, said in a statement shared with Beckers. “We considerably worth and respect our nurse coworkers and the critical roles they play in our health center. This is why we have actually worked difficult to seek an agreement to permit us to continue to work together to eliminate the pandemic and safeguard our neighborhood.”.

Union members will vote on the tentative offer Oct. 22

Kelly Gooch –
Tuesday, October 20th, 2020
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