The National Labor Relations Board has filed two complaints against Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield, Massachusetts. This is the latest step in a contentious, year-and-half long contract negotiation between the hospital and the Massachusetts Nurses Association.
The first charge stems from a main sticking-point in negotiations: Overtime. The nurses’ union claims Baystate is trying to take away overtime benefits for hours worked beyond a normal shift. Donna Stern is a nurse and negotiator for the nurses.
“They want to make this an industry standard when it is not an industry standard. They’re the only hospital in Western Massachusetts that doesn’t pay their employees overtime beyond their regular shift.”