Cooley Dickinson RNs hold informational picket
From the Massachusetts Nurse Newsletter
October/November 2011 Edition
Management refuses to accept safe staffing language
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After being at the bargaining table for 15 months, the registered nurses of Cooley Dickinson Hospital held an informational picket on Nov. 9 in front of the hospital along busy Route 9. The picket was held to draw attention to the nurses’ ongoing effort to fight for safe staffing language in their contract. Management has stated it will not accept this language as an issue subject to grievance, but the nurses know that enforceable contract language is the only way to guarantee the highest quality of patient care. In addition to the safe staffing language, the nurses are fighting to keep their pension intact and to add successor language to their contract, which will protect their contract should a new owner take over the hospital.