More than 1,200 nurses at Boston's Tufts Medical Center went on strike Wednesday amid continued disagreements between their union and hospital administrators. The strike began at 7 a.m.
The negotiations have been underway since April 2016, but both sides have continued to disagree on staffing, wages and pension benefits.
“The purpose of our strike authorization vote was to tell management how serious we are about resolving these issues as part of our contract talks,” Mary Havlicek Cornacchia told Boston Business Journal. “The purpose of our informational picket is to inform the public about what is at stake if these issues continue to go unresolved.”
"It's extremely unfortunate that the union has continued to hold out for more money and an ill-conceived pension plan," Tufts Medical Center CEO Dr. Michael Wagner told the Associated Press.
Some took to Twitter to express union solidarity
I stand with all the nurses on strike in Mass. Nurse to patient ratio matters, give them a raise!— . (@Poupee) July 12, 2017
Others think the strike is a bad idea.
I'm sorry, this is a bad idea. I'm a nurse. I can't strike. I'm sure my sister nurses agree.— Tamara Radunz (@tamradz) February 7, 2017