Could There Be A Resolution In Sight At BMC?
It’s been almost a month since we’ve heard anything about contract talks between Berkshire Medical Center and its registered nurses. Now it seems like both sides could resume talks about a new contract for the nurses.
According to The Berkshire Eagle, Joe Markman, a spokesman for the Massachusetts Nurses Association, said the union was expected last week to complete research into health insurance data. The plan was to brief members of the BMC bargaining committee on that research, then schedule new bargaining dates with the hospital.
Health insurance seems to be the main issue for the nurses. Days before a planned strike in late February the two sides appeared to be in agreement about staffing issues.
The Massachusetts Nurses Association union represents roughly 800 RNs at the Pittsfield hospital and throughout the Berkshires.
Meanwhile, unionized nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center are once again planning a one-day strike. They, like the Berkshires’ nurses called off a planned strike in February. But in a news release Monday, the nurses said the strike is on for Wednesday, April 11.