Nurses’ union re­jects con­tract of­fer

Woonsocket Call - - REGION / OBITUARIES / FAITH -

PROV­I­DENCE (AP) — The union rep­re­sent­ing nurses at Rhode Is­land Hospi­tal and Has­bro Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal has re­jected a con­tract pro­posal and is set to is­sue a 10-day strike no­tice.

Mem­bers of United Nurses and Al­lied Pro­fes­sion­als on Thurs­day re­jected a three-year deal from par­ent com­pany Life­span.

Union pres­i­dent Frank Sims said the deal “de­val­ues the crit­i­cal role (nurses) play in pro­vid­ing world-class health care at Rhode Is­land’s only Level I trauma hospi­tal.” Sims said “short-sighted and puni­tive poli­cies on ev­ery­thing from safe staffing to sick time” leads to high turnover.

Life­span in a state­ment said “at no time dur­ing ne­go­ti­a­tions had the union lead­er­ship brought any such con­cerns to the bar­gain­ing ta­ble,” adding that pro­posed pay raises will bring “top of the mar­ket rates.”

The union rep­re­sents about 2,400 nurses and other work­ers.

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