We were disappointed to learn that the Massachusetts Nurses Association held a strike authorization vote. This vote does not mean that the MNA will call a strike. We began contract negotiations with the union in April 2016, and continue to make progress toward a new collective bargaining agreement for our nurses. Just two weeks ago we reached tentative agreements on several components of the contract.
It is unfortunate that the union is asking our nurses to consider a strike when we are committed to working with them to resolve any remaining differences. We believe that our patients and this community benefit when we have a productive, respectful relationship, with each side focused on promoting excellence in nursing and safe, quality patient care.