Baystate Franklin Bargaining Session Ends with No Deal for Greenfield Nurses

GREENFIELD — A bargaining session Friday between Baystate Health management and members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association ended without a deal for nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, according to a press release from the Massachusetts Nurses Association.

Joe Markman, associate director of communication for the union, said the nurses are assessing the situation looking at next steps. There is not another bargaining session scheduled.

Markman said nurses made a revised offer to management negotiators Friday that included changes to its proposal for required staffing at Baystate Franklin, a part of Springfield-based Baystate Health.

He said management came back with its “best and final offer,” and that offer was unacceptable to the nurses.

Baystate Health has said that writing minimum staffing language into its contract as the nurses want would rob hospital management of the flexibility it needs.

Nurses are also calling for cheaper health care insurance, saying management proposed a 26 percent increase.

Baystate wants to put all its nurses on the same health care plans.

More than 200 nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center have been negotiating with Baystate Health since November. They have been without a contract since Jan. 1.

When the nurses announced a one-day strike in late June, the hospital imposed a two-day lockout in response, resulting in nurses spending three days on the picket line.

Baystate is also negotiating with MNA members who work at Baystate Noble in Westfield. Baystate Health reached an agreement earlier this year with Baystate Visiting Nurse Association & Hospice.

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