The Nurses Union and Baystate Franklin Medical Center have been in contract negotiations for almost two years, and both sides are looking for resolve.
There have been pickets, rallies, and strikes. Now the Massachusetts Nurses Association would like to bring in a third party neutral arbitrator to look over both sides proposals and come up with a binding decision.
The Nurses Union says they want to match other industry standards.
Linda Judd, Senior Co-Chair of MNA Bargaining Unit at BFMC, told 22News, "The nurses are behind this, they're ready to have a binding arbitration done to settle this dispute so we don't have to go any further into next year with this not being resolved. We want to go back to taking care of our patients.”
Baystate Franklin Medical Center President Chuck Gijanto says there has already been a federal mediator involved throughout, and they don't believe an outside arbitrator will understand the issues of the community.
Negotiations between the nurses and Baystate will resume on September 25th.