Hundreds of Nurses Slated to Picket UMass Memorial Today

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Hundreds of nurses are prepared to picket outside UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester, Mass., today, protesting what they consider to be unsafe staffing levels, according to a Worcester Business Journal report.

The nurses are members of the Massachusetts Nursing Association, which has been in labor contract negotiations with UMMC for nearly a year, according to the report. The union claims the hospital has gone from having excellent staffing levels to the worst in the city for some units.

The union is also highlighting a federal report released by CMS last month that showed UMMC was among 10 hospitals in the state to receive the highest penalties for patient readmissions post-discharge, according to the report.

The union is asking UMMC to retract its demands for benefits concessions and agree to nurse-to-patient ratios that are contractually guaranteed.

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