Mass. Worcester Nurses ‘Rally Against Replacement’ Reps – NBC Boston
Two US representatives from Massachusetts joined a group of nurses on Saturday who gathered outside Saint Vincent Hospital in Worcester, where a strike has been going on for 10 consecutive weeks.
Representatives Lori Trahan and James P. McGovern helped organize a “rally against replacement” days after Tenet Healthcare, the owner of Dallas-based Saint Vincent Hospital, announced it would start hiring 50 nurses from permanent replacement.
This decision could mean that striking nurses are not guaranteed a job when the strike ends.
“The message to Tenet is clear: this union will not be broken by your tactics. These nurses will not be intimidated. And they will not be replaced,” Trahan said on Saturday.
Nurses at Worcester Hospital first went on strike on March 8, with the Massachusetts Nurses Association calling for improved staffing ratios. According to a statement from Trahan, they also hope to create a pool of nurses with expertise in treating critically ill patients, and “STAT and rapid response” nurses for patients with severe deterioration in their condition.
In today’s daily report, a Worcester hospital threatens to permanently replace striking nurses. An Instagram influencer is accused of defrauding Bay Staters to fund her lavish lifestyle. In addition, vaccines for adolescents are now available and US airlines are cutting flights to Israel.
The CEO of Saint Vincent Hospital, meanwhile, said the recruitment of replacement nurses was necessary to “ensure continuity of care”.
“We respect that our nurses have the right to strike, but we have a responsibility to our community,” CEO Carolyn Jackson said in a statement.
Trahan and McGovern have both called on Tenet executives to end a delay in authorizing COBRA benefits to striking nurses, who are entitled to continued medical coverage under the recently adopted US bailout, according to the report. Saturday release from Trahan.
“Tenet made a profit of $ 400 million last year,” McGovern said on Saturday. “They have a lot of money to address the concerns of nurses in St. Vincent, but they won’t.