Senators Warren & Markey Urge Tenet Healthcare To Act On St. Vincent Nurses Concerns & Avoid Strike

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In full transparency, the following is a media release from Sen. Ed Markey and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who were elected by voters in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts to serve the state in Washington DC in the US Senate. Both are Democrats.

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WORCESTER – United States Senators Elizabeth Warren and Edward J. Markey, along with Congressman James P. McGovern, released the following joint statement on the contract negotiations between St. Vincent Hospital (St. Vincent’s), their parent company Tenet Healthcare, and the Massachusetts Nurses Association, which represents the professional nurses at the hospital:

“Tenet Healthcare has still not made appropriate and necessary movement on the issue of staffing. We urge Tenet to listen to and act on the concerns of St. Vincent nurses. This is a patient safety issue, but it’s also about our values. We respect our nurses, we deeply appreciate everything they have done for our community during this challenging year, and we stand unequivocally with them in their fight for patient safety and fairness. We remain ready and willing to help in any way we can to resolve this situation in a fair and equitable way.” 

The lawmakers sent a statement last week urging both parties to come back to the bargaining table, and had previously sent a letter to Tenet Healthcare expressing concerns regarding the contract negotiations.

A strike date of Monday, March 8 has been set by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, which represents 800 nurses at the Worcester hospital, owned by Tenet Healthcare.

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