Unionized nurses at Baystate Franklin on strike

Franklin County

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The people who take care of you at the hospital in Greenfield still feel like their employer isn’t (LIVE) taking care of them.

Nearly 200 unionized nurses are striking for the second time in less than a year starting Wednesday morning.

In anticipation of the strike, Baystate has scheduled a three-day lockout of the striking nurses, which started Tuesday night.

They brought in temporary nurses to fill positions and blocked nurses from entering the building. Nurses and management at Baystate Franklin Medical Center have been in a war over contract negotiations for more than a year and a half.

Staff nurses say they’re understaffed and overworked–which they say puts patient care at risk. They want their contract to include staffing requirements.

Management says those changes would take away staffing flexibility at the hospital.

They say they’ve already addressed the nurses concerns on staffing, wages, and the cost of health insurance.

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