Lifespan, nurses union reach contract

The union representing employees at Rhode Island Hospital in Providence has approved a new three-year deal with the hospital's operator, Lifespan, according to a WPRI report.

The workers, which include nearly 2,300 nurses, technologists, therapists and allied health professionals at the hospital, are represented by the United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5098.

Their new contract protects wages and benefits, union president Helene Macedo said in a statement, according to the report.

Rhode Island Hospital agreed.

"We believe the contract provides our nurses and technical professionals with a fair wage and benefits package," officials said in a statement, according to WPRI.
The hospital added, "We look forward to working closely with UNAP and its members."

Although the union contends that the contract protects wages and benefits, it said one issue they weren't able to address during the negotiations was staffing levels, the report notes.

The Rhode Island Hospital workers had been working without a contract for nearly two months. The union rejected the last contract proposal from hospital management earlier this month.
The union's executive board was authorized to strike if an equitable agreement could not be reached.


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