Nurses locked out after 24-hour strike

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - BUSINESS & FARM - — The As­so­ci­ated Press

BOS­TON — A nurses’ strike at a Bos­ton hospi­tal has turned into a lock­out.

The 24-hour strike by about 1,200 nurses at Tufts Med­i­cal Cen­ter ended at 6 a.m. Thurs­day.

About 100 nurses tried to re­turn to work when the strike ended but were turned away by hospi­tal se­cu­rity staff.

The mem­bers of the Massachusetts Nurses As­so­ci­a­tion con­tin­ued to picket with up­dated signs.

The nurses have been locked out by the hospi­tal un­til 6 a.m. Mon­day be­cause about 320 tem­po­rary nurses hired to care for pa­tients dur­ing the strike have a five-day con­tract.

The union and the hospi­tal are at an im­passe over staffing lev­els, pay and re­tire­ment ben­e­fits.

The sides have been ne­go­ti­at­ing since April 2016.

It was the first nurses strike at a Bos­ton hospi­tal in more than three decades.

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