GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) — Unionized nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield announced that they will go on strike after failing, yet again, to reach an agreement with Baystate Health.
The nurses announced their plans at 8:40 Wednesday night. In a statement sent to 22News they will officially notify Baystate Health of their intentions on Thursday morning.
The unionized nurses will hold a one-day unfair labor practice strike on Monday, February 10th. This will be the second strike in the last two years.
Since October 2011, the union and Baystate had more than 40 bargaining sessions for a new contract. Last week, Baystate declared an impasse, but the nurses said, they cannot accept the terms.
According to Linda Judd, the senior co-chair of the Mass. Nurses Association, “This has not been ratified. This has not been voted on by the nurses. It’s been put upon us by Baystate, and we need to get our nurses back bed side, not worrying about contract negotiations.”
After talking to the unionized nurses, 22News called the President of Baystate Regional Markets, Churck Gijanto. He told 22News when the hospital declared an impasse, they also implemented its final offer, which includes a raise, a bonus and improved benefits.
Gijanto said that is the hospital’s best and final offer. “We have a very strong, fair and reasonable offer on the table, and why would we put it in somebody’s hands when the nurses haven’t voted on the contract, to us, does not seem reasonable or appropriate. We have no interest in going to arbitration.”
Gijanto said the hospital does have a plan in place for the day of the strike. He promised services will not be disrupted on February 10th.
Below are the responses from both Baystate Health and the Unionized Nurses: