Nurses give official notice to Baystate on strike

Unionized nurses will strike on February 10th

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The unionized nurses officially gave a written notice to Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield.

On February 10th, at 7:00 in the morning, the unionized nurses will begin the 24-hour strike. This will be the second strike in two years.

The nurses have been negotiating with Baystate for a new contract since October 2011, but they have not been able to agree on the overtime policy.

Right after the strike announcement, 22News talked to one Registered Nurse. According to Linda Judd, Senior Co-Chair of the Nurses Bargaining Unit, “To have a stable contract, we want to settle this. We have done all kinds of creative thinking, trying to get this resolved, trying to get to a compromise.”

22News also met with the President of Baystate Regional Markets, Chuck Gijanto. Gijanto said services will not be disrupted on the day of the strike.

Gijanto may ask an outside agency to fully staff the hospital. “We will be talking to agencies as well that specialize in this, that brings nurses in during strikes, who’s got experiences in those working conditions and can step in.”

Baystate declared an impasse last week and began implementing the terms of their final offer.