Tufts Nurses Strike Is Now A Lockout

Henrietta Brewer
July 13, 2017

But the hospital has already made it clear the union nurses will be locked out until Monday. Hospital CEO Dr. Michael Wagner said it's "extremely unfortunate that the union has continued to hold out for more money and an ill-conceived pension plan".

The nurses have been working with medical center officials to come to a contract agreement after the nurses raised concerns over a lack of resources and patient safety as well as slow compensation.

Meanwhile, the Health Minister, K. K. Shailaja Teacher, had asked the nurses to withdraw the strike.

"We get gunshots, we get people falling from trees, getting hit by cars".

Rallies are planned outside the hospital at noon and 5 p.m. on Wednesday, according to the Massachusetts Nurses Association, which said nurses scheduled to work "plan to enter Tufts to care for their patients" on Thursday morning despite the hospital's plans to lock out striking nurses for four days.

While the nurses want wages that compete with other Boston hospitals, they say safe staffing is why they're digging in.

The nurses are hoping for a resolution within the next few days. This is a stunt orchestrated for the media. Those who chose not to work today know they can return Monday.

The union said that Tufts needs to start putting its patients and staff first, claiming they are the lowest-paid nurses with the worst pensions in the city.

A federal mediator has been brought in to help with negotiations.

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