The 3,300 registered nurses of Brigham and Women’s Hospital voted overwhelmingly on June 13, 2016 to authorize a one-day strike. Brigham nurses have been negotiating a new contract with the hospital and owner Partners HealthCare since September 2015.
LATEST: Negotiation update 6.24.16
BWH/Partners refuses to agree to safely staff a critical thoracic step-down unit, endangering patient safety. The hospital also wants to force newly hired nurses into a lesser health insurance program. A two-tiered benefit system would divide Brigham nurses and give the hospital additional control over more nurses’ health care plans.
Brigham nurses are prepared to strike for 24 hours starting at 7 a.m. on Monday, June 27 unless BWH/Partners offers a fair settlement that values patients and nurses over corporate profits.
Please tell BWH/Partners to value patients and nurses more than profits. Below you can find more information and learn how to support Brigham nurses.
- Send a letter to the editor. Clicking this link offers an automated form with a pre-written local newspaper letter supporting Brigham nurses that you can also customize.
- Contact BWH President Dr. Betsy Nabel by calling the hospital at 617-732-5500 or emailing her directly at email@example.com and urge Dr. Nabel to offer a fair settlement that values patients and nurses over profits.
- Follow Brigham nurses and the Massachusetts Nurses Association on social media. Join the conversation at www.facebook.com/MassNurses and www.twitter.com/MassNurses. Also watch nurse videos on YouTube. Please use hashtags #BrighamNurses and #PatientsNotProfits
Find out more about Brigham nurses’ issues. This link brings you to a statement from the nurses about the ongoing contract negotiations and pending strike.
Learn about nurse staffing issues in the thoracic step-down unit. A cut in core staffing in this area has jeopardized safe care for some of the hospital’s sickest patients.
Learn about mercenary replacement nurses. BWH/Partners claims to be hiring 700 replacement nurses to temporarily replace the 3,300 highly specialized Brigham nurses. This is irresponsible.