The nurses’ negotiating team and Brigham & Women’s Hospital executives reached a tentative agreement hours before a one-day strike on June 27th. Executives threatened to lock out striking nurses for an additional four days if agreement wasn’t reached in time. The 3300 union members later voted overwhelmingly to approve the settlement, which preserves the traditional single-tier benefit arrangement, and provides wage adjustments and heightened safety. Three basic factors led to this settlement:
Doctors and patients alike lobbied the Massachusetts Department of Public Health at a packed public hearing on February 25th to block Children’s Hospital’s proposed $1.68 billion expansion plans, which would demolish the much-beloved Prouty Garden, asking that the Determination of Need be denied because hospital executives did not meet state requirements for proving cost effectiveness.
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Las acciones hablan más fuerte que las palabras
En las últimas semanas ha crecido la lucha por tener una sociedad justa y saludable. Esto se ha demostrado en las acciones en que miles de personas han participado en el área de Boston.
Hace poco la campaña para detener la acción de los ricos para remodelar áreas muy deprimidas (Gentrification curbing) de la Asociación Progresista China, impactó en Chinatown. Fueron muchas personas que marcharon detrás de una manta que llamaba a los residentes a: ¨permanecer, reclamar y reconstruir nuestra comunidad¨. La petición aun está activa, y si quiere apoyar puede llamar al número 617 - 357 - 4499.
Tanya King of the Massachusetts Nurses Association is seen here signing up Councillor Yancey on the petition for the 2014 ballot question which would have held hospital administrators accountable for safe staffing to protect patients. Charles Yancey has fought for decades for our schools, our safety and our health. He has been our strongest voice on the Boston City Council in opposing Boston University’s drive to work on our planet’s deadliest germs in its laboratories on Albany Street in the heart of the community and near Boston Medical Center, our premier safety-net hospital.
The fight for a just, healthy society has grown much more intense in recent weeks, as reflected in all the actions in which thousands in the Boston area have participated.
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