Newton-Wellesley Hospital nurse strike averted: 4 things to know

Nurses at Newton, Mass.-based Newton-Wellesley Hospital reached a tentative contract agreement with the hospital in time to avert a one-day strike that was scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. June 30, according to a Boston Business Journal report.

Here are four things to know about the agreement.

1. If a deal had not been reached, roughly 900 nurses — represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association — would have gone on strike next Tuesday. Negotiations on a new contract started in August 2014 and had stalled, so the union authorized a strike earlier this month.

2. The tentative one-year pact includes language to reduce the floating of nurses as a staffing mechanism, a 1 percent pay raise for all nurses retroactive to Oct. 1, 2014 and no change in the nurses' current benefit package, according to the MNA.

3. The proposed contract would expire on Sept. 30, 2015, a year after the previous contract expired.

4. A date to ratify the agreement by the union membership has yet to be determined. 

 

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