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Union Carpenters and Boston Building Trades Members to March and Rally with Tufts Medical Center Nurses on Thursday, July 13 and Friday, July 14

BOSTON – During public events on Thursday, July 13 and Friday, July 14, members of the Carpenters Local 33 and the Boston Building Trades Council will stand in solidarity with the 1,200 Tufts Medical Center nurses who are locked out from their patients by Tufts following a one-day strike for patient safety and nurse value.

“Tufts nurses are proud to have the support of thousands of union members in Massachusetts who know how important it is for workers to join together and stand up for ourselves and the public good,” said Mary Havlicek Cornacchia, an OR nurse and bargaining unit co-chair. “During our one-day strike and the unfortunate four-day lock-out by Tufts management, nurses have been empowered our own unity and the support of a tremendous diversity of community members.”

Carpenters Local 33 Rally

When: Thursday, July 13 at 3:30 p.m.

Where: Outside Tufts Medical Center at 800 Washington St., Boston.

What: Carpenters Local 33 members are leaving their work sites Thursday afternoon to join Tufts nurses outside the hospital and rally in support of nurses and patients during the four-day Tufts management lock out.

Boston Building Trades Council March

When: Friday, July 14 at 11:30 a.m.

Where: Starts at Eliot Norton Park at 330 Tremont St. in Boston and ends at Tufts Medical Center at 800 Washington St. in Boston.

What: Members of the Boston Building Trades Council will gather at Eliot Norton Park and march in solidarity with Tufts RNs to the hospital to stand up with their union brothers and sisters for safe patient care, fair retirement benefits and market competitive wages.

Tufts nurses began an historic one-day strike Wednesday morning as Tufts management failed to agree to a fair settlement that ensures patients have the highly skilled nursing care they deserve. The strike – the first by nurses in Boston in 30 years and largest nurses’ strike in Massachusetts history – ended at 6:59 a.m. on July 13. Tufts management then began locking out nurses following the 24-hour strike for an additional four days, bringing in mercenary replacement nurses who do not know Tufts patients, staff, the hospital or community.

Read more about the RN issues related to the strike and the concerns Tufts RNs have with the mercenary replacement nurses here:

Follow live updates from Tufts RNs by going to the below social media and web links.


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Founded in 1903, the Massachusetts Nurses Association is the largest union of registered nurses in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Its 23,000 members advance the nursing profession by fostering high standards of nursing practice, promoting the economic and general welfare of nurses in the workplace, projecting a positive and realistic view of nursing, and by lobbying the Legislature and regulatory agencies on health care issues affecting nurses and the public.