Historic Nursing Strike at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Averted After Nurses Reach Tentative Agreement with Hospital

Historic Nursing Strike at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Averted After Nurses Reach Tentative Agreement with Hospital

After 3,300 nurses at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) threatened a historic strike, BWH came to a tentative agreement to protect safe patient care, enhance hospital security, fight off attempts to implement non-union benefits for new nurses, and fairly increase nursing wages. The one-day strike was scheduled for June 27th, and would have been the largest in Massachusetts history and the first strike in Boston in 30 years.

The nurses at BWH are proud of their accomplishment in improving security for everyone at the hospital, including employees and patients. It was a huge victory to reach an agreement before the strike began as the nurses stood together ready to hold their historic strike for BWH patients, the BWH community, and the Brigham way of safe patient care.

Efforts to improve patient care and nursing benefits had been ongoing since May, starting with a public picket of over 1,000 nurses and supporters. While attempting to negotiate new hospital policies, the 17-member nurse bargaining committee walked the halls of BWH, talking to almost all 3,300 nurses employed by the hospital, allowing them to voice their concerns and willingness to stand up for patients and their profession with a vote for a one-day strike which was reached on June 13th.

The BWH nurses and the Massachusetts Nurses Association are proud of their success in standing up for their patients. However, these hardworking nurses still know that the best way to ensure safe patient care is by maintaining their quality nurse staffing. Nurses who receive specialized care and education, and spend more time with their patients, result in patients who do better and are less likely to be re-admitted to the hospital.

2,500 Nurses at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston Voted for One-Day Strike

2,500 Nurses at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston Voted for One-Day Strike

After 19 contract negotiation sessions in the last 9 months, the nurses’ union at the Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) in Boston voted late on Monday to stage a one-day strike later this month. The nurses’ issues mainly include compensation, health benefits, paid time off, staffing levels, and security. Almost 2,500 nurses from the hospital’s union are prepared to strike if the hospital doesn’t offer them a fair contract within the 10 days’ notice that the union is required to give before going on strike.

Ron Walls, MD, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Brigham and Women’s Health Care stated that the leadership team and BWH community have the highest respect for their nurses and the incredible care they deliver. Walls says that their BWN nurses are already amongst the highest paid nurses locally, regionally, and nationally, speaking to how much the hospital values them for the care they provide. However, Trish Powers, the union’s chairperson, believes their nurses still deserve a better offer.

In response to the proposed strike, BWH has said that the nurses will be locked out of the hospital for 5 days if they carry out their strike. This 5-day window will be implemented to ensure a smooth transition and safe and effective care for each patient. The hospital is prepared to bring in 700 nurses to provide care during the strike period. If an agreement isn’t reached, then the walkout will begin on June 27th at 7 AM.