St. Vincent’s Hospital to hire replacement nurses amid ongoing strike with regular staff
WORCESTER, Mass. (WLNE) – St. Vincent’s Hospital in Worcester says it plans to hire permanent replacement nurses amid an ongoing strike with regular staff.
The hospital’s nurses have been on strike for more than two months.
The hospital’s parent company, Tenet Healthcare, says it plans to fill around 50 positions.
The regular nursing staff is asking for a one to four nurse to patient ratio, and increased staffing in the Emergency Department.
The nurses union says it’s unmoved by the announcement, calling it a desperate attempt to avoid negotiating in good faith.
Meanwhile, the hospital says the nurses will not have the right to return to work once their position is filled and will be placed on a preferential hire list as vacancies arise instead.