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Registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center plan strike

September 22, 2017 05:41 PM

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - The union representing registered nurses at the Berkshire Medical Center say they plan to hold a one-day strike to protest stalled contract talks.
    
The Massachusetts Nurses Association said Friday that the nearly 800 nurses at the Pittsfield hospital will stage the job action from 7 a.m. on Oct. 3 through 7 a.m. on Oct. 4.
    
The union said in a statement it had been bargaining with Berkshire County's largest hospital for the past year, but management had declined to negotiate "concrete improvements" to staffing levels and patient care.
    
In a statement to The Berkshire Eagle (http://bit.ly/2yvOG58 ), hospital executives said the union had misrepresented management's handling of the negotiations. They have said the hospital would be forced to hire replacement nurses for a full week if the strike is carried out.
    
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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, http://www.berkshireeagle.com

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