MidState nurses picket over pensions, pay

Dan Ivers, Meriden Record-Journal, October 28, 2011 Meriden - MidState Medical Center nurses began picketing outside the hospital Friday morning to protest a plan to revoke their pensions and what they consider inequities in their pay scale. There are 340 nurses who are members of the Connecticut Health Care Associates, a division of the National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. The union has been in negotiations for a new three-year contract with MidState for several months, but the two sides were unable to reach an agreement before the contract expired September 30. ... MidState