Tufts nurses may strike on Christmas

Nurses at Boston-based Tufts Medical Center may be planning a strike on Christmas, according to Boston Business Journal.

Nearly 1,200 nurses represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association went on strike July 12 after failing to reach a contract agreement with Tufts. Though the nurses returned to work the next day, the two parties have still not agreed on a contract. They have been negotiating since April 2016.

During a meeting between Tufts officials and MNA representatives Friday, Tufts officials expressed worry over rumors they heard about a possible strike on Christmas day, Dec. 25.

Jennifer Johnson, a spokeswoman for the MNA, told Becker's Hospital Review she could neither confirm nor deny the rumors of a Christmas strike. However, she noted a majority of the nurses at Tufts would have to vote to authorize a strike, and no strike authorization dates have been scheduled.

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