WORCESTER, Mass., May 4, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — The nurses of St. Vincent Hospital and Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare will hold their third round of negotiations on Wednesday, with talks beginning at 10 a.m. as the nurses will present a comprehensive proposal to address the longstanding patient safety crisis that forced the nurses out onto the street on March 8.
This round of talks followed Tenet’s presentation on Saturday, where the corporation for the first time made a long-awaited proposal that opens the door to a substantive discussion on the nurses’ main issue, which is the need for safer staffing levels to ensure safer patient care.
“We see Tenet’s move on Saturday as a positive step in the process, and we look forward to Wednesday where we can present our own proposal that will make clear what the nurses and patients at St. Vincent Hospital need to protect this community and allow us to end the strike,” said Marlena Pellegrino, RN, longtime nurse at the hospital and co-chair of the nurses local bargaining unit with the Massachusetts Nurses Association.
Following Saturday’s session, the nurses’ negotiating committee met to carefully evaluate the hospital’s proposal and to create their own proposal in response, one that carefully and clearly delineates all the changes and improvements the nurses need to reach a settlement. Wednesday will mark the nurses’ 59th day on strike.
The strike began on March 8, after Tenet had refused to negotiate with the nurses over improvements the nurses are seeking to improve unsafe patient care conditions in the hospital. The decision followed earnest and painstaking efforts over the last two years by the nurses to convince Tenet to improve the patient care conditions at the facility, poor conditions that have only been exacerbated by the pandemic.
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