Hospitals and unions: 9 recent conflicts, agreements

The following is a roundup of recent events pertaining to hospital-union relationships, including strikes, legal battles, rallies, unionization efforts and contract agreements. All events were reported since March 21.

1. Butler Hospital union workers reach labor deal with Care New England
A union representing employees at Butler Hospital, a substance abuse and psychiatric facility in Providence, R.I., approved a four-year agreement with Care New England.

2. Tufts Medical Center RNs to picket amid ongoing contract talks
Many of the nearly 1,200 registered nurses at Boston-based Tufts Medical Center planned to picket over ongoing contract negotiations.

3. Montana nurses vote down unionization effort
Employees at Great Falls, Mont.-based Benefis Health System voted against joining the Montana Nurses Association.

4. Northwestern Memorial employees call for $15 minimum wage: 3 things to know
Workers at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago rallied over wages.

5. Queen of the Valley appeals employees' union vote for third time
Queen of the Valley Medical Center in Napa, Calif., for the third time is appealing a union election that took place last fall.

6. Federal mediator heads to Massachusetts hospital after 19 failed negotiation attempts with nurses union
A federal mediator was solicited to help with negotiations between Pittsfield, Mass.-based Berkshire Medical Center and the union representing its nurses.

7. 1,200 Tufts Medical Center RNs give go-ahead for possible strike
Nearly 1,200 registered nurses at Boston-based Tufts Medical Center voted for a potential one-day strike.

8. Vibra Hospital of Western Massachusetts nurses ratify union contract
About 80 nurses from Springfield-based Vibra Hospital of Western Massachusetts ratified a three-year union contract.

9. Nearly 500 workers at Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital join SEIU
Workers at Partners HealthCare's Brigham and Women's Faulkner Hospital in Boston voted in favor of unionization.


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