Berkshire Medical Center nurses hold rally

October 25, 2017 05:59 AM

PITTSFIELD, Mass. – Nurses at Berkshire Medical Center say they are anxious to get back to the bargaining table.

The nurses rallied outside the hospital on Tuesday. They want safer patient care, including increased staffing.

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Contract talks have stalled since the nurses held a one day strike earlier this month. That strike led to a four day lockout.

“I think that management can come to the bargaining table, and bargain with us in good faith about our concerns in our hospital,” said registered nurse Amber Van Bramer.

“It's pretty indicative of what nurses do. We come out, even when it's crappy out, and we dig in, we roll our sleeves up, and we get to work,” added registered nurse Marie Geary.

Nurses say the county's opioid epidemic has created a new set of challenges they are not adequately staffed to handle.


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