Hospital asks judge to prevent employees from striking

By The Associated Press

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ Women and Infants Hospital is asking a judge to prevent workers from striking or refusing to work overtime in response to the hospital’s proposed layoffs of more than 40 employees.

Attorneys from both sides appeared Monday in federal court to determine whether employees have a right to strike. The union representing the employees advised hospital officials March 5 that they intended to picket or refuse overtime work starting March 23.          

The hospital filed an emergency motion March 10 for a temporary restraining order, saying a strike would violate the collective bargaining agreement.

In February, the hospital announced its plans to lay off 41 employees to control costs.

The union filed a lawsuit soon after, saying the layoffs are a violation of the contract because certain conditions were not met.

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