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Baystate nurses’ new contact now official

  • BFMC


For the Gazette
Wednesday, June 13, 2018

GREENFIELD — A new contract has been approved for the nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, according to an email sent to the Greenfield Recorder late Monday.

After a year and a half of negotiations, including two strikes and lockouts, the nurses announced May 23 following a bargaining session that an agreement had been reached. The contract addressed demands over staffing, health insurance and wages.

“It is clear to us that they want a different relationship moving forward,” Donna Stern said on May 23. “As the senior bargaining chair of the unit, I’m hopeful. It’s a great win for nurses. … It’s a great win for Franklin County.”

Molly MacMunn, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said the nurses voted on Monday — about two and a half weeks after the agreement was made — to ratify the new contact. Stern, the local nurses’ union leader, confirmed the news when contacted late Monday night.

MacMunn’s email included a statement from Ron Bryant, president of Baystate Franklin Medical Center:

“Nurses play a critical role as a member of our care teams; the ratification of new contract language by Baystate Franklin’s nurses is a key step in maintaining access to high quality health care in Franklin County.

“The final agreement continues our commitment to market competitive wages and staffing models that provide high quality care to our community.

“With new leadership firmly established, Baystate Franklin Medical Center is now positioned to focus on advancing outstanding health care outcomes for our community.”