A year-long dispute between the Massachusetts Nurses Association and Baystate Franklin Medical Center has been resolved.
The announcement came Wednesday night that nurses will be protected under a new five-year contract.
Before the agreement, nurses said they were overworked and understaffed, and claimed it impacted patient care.
Nurses were locked out of the hospital twice as they took part in strikes during the 18-month long labor dispute.
Ron Bryant, the Interim President at Baystate Franklin disagreed, saying, "I don't think our patient care is impacted at all. We put in safeguards that we will have safe quality care through this disruption."
According to Shelly Hazlett, Spokesperson for Baystate Franklin said the final agreement will be presented to nurses for review and ratification within a week.
Hazlett noted the contract continues to provide market-competitive wages, benefits, and health insurance.
"This settlement means public resources will be used appropriately, to improve patient care conditions and ensure that nurses who provide care are treated fairly," said Donna Stern, RN and Senior Co-Chair of the BFMC MNA Bargaining Committee.
The Massachusetts Nurses Association wrote the contract will have to be ratified by a vote of the BFMC nurses and would cover from January 1, 2017 to December 31, 2021.
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