New contracts for Rhode Island hospital workers include panic buttons

The operator of Our Lady of Fatima Hospital in North Providence, R.I., has reached contracts with employees that include a provision for panic buttons, according to The Breeze.

The contracts cover 400 service workers and 300 registered nurses at Fatima, who are represented by United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5110.  

Union spokesperson Ray Sullivan told The Breeze they address wages, as well as worker and patient safety, and include a provision to provide panic buttons that workers may use if they need assistance in an emergency situation. 

Jeffrey Liebman, CEO of the hospital's operator, CharterCare Health Partners, told the newspaper the contracts also "provide tangible benefits to union employees and sustain management’s ability to manage operations in a challenging market environment."


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