Massachusetts: After Ten-Month Long Strike Ends, Saint Vincent Nurses Reflect on Their Struggle

By Vincent Cross On Monday, January 4, nurses at Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester overwhelmingly voted to approve a new contract and back-to-work agreement. The vote formally ended a walkout which had resulted in the longest nurses’ strike in Massachusetts history and the longest nurses’ strike in the United States in over fifteen years. The tenacious fight, which won most of the workers’ demands, reflected … Continue reading Massachusetts: After Ten-Month Long Strike Ends, Saint Vincent Nurses Reflect on Their Struggle

Massachusetts: Longest Nurses’ Strike in State History Continues as Hospital Owners Retaliate

Photo: Community members showing support for the St. Vincent nurses. By Vincent Cross The nurses’ strike at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, now the longest nurses’ strike in Massachusetts history, closed in on its seventh month this week as nurses continued walking the picket lines. Negotiations broke down in August when hospital owners, Texas-based Tenet Healthcare, did not guarantee that all nurses would return to … Continue reading Massachusetts: Longest Nurses’ Strike in State History Continues as Hospital Owners Retaliate

Worker Correspondents: Worcester Nurses Begin Strike for Better Working Conditions

By Vincent Cross On Monday morning, hundreds of nurses gathered outside St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts to officially mark the beginning of their strike for better working conditions and increased staffing levels. The nurses have been demanding increased staffing levels and a lower patient-nurse ratio for years, and last month they overwhelmingly voted to authorize a strike if management continued to refuse to meet … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Worcester Nurses Begin Strike for Better Working Conditions

Worker Correspondents: Worcester Nurses Vote to Strike, Ready to Fight for Demands

Photo Credit: Telegram and Gazette By Vincent Cross On Wednesday, more than 700 of the 800 nurses at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester, Massachusetts voted in favor of striking. Demands are for safe staffing and legal patient-to-nurse ratios. While the vote authorizes the union to strike, they have yet to give management the required ten-day notice before the strike can begin. Nurses have been picketing … Continue reading Worker Correspondents: Worcester Nurses Vote to Strike, Ready to Fight for Demands