After Baystate Franklin, Another Union Nurse Contract Negotiation Looms

Baystate's visiting and hospice nurses remain without a contract

Union nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center resolved a two-year contract dispute last week. But the western Massachusetts hospital company is still negotiating with nurses at other facilities.

About 50 Baystate Visiting and Hospice nurses have been without a contract for roughly two years. Baystate spokesperson Steven Bradley claims the only remaining issue between the two sides is how much the nurses’ wages will increase.

Ultimately what brought the two sides together at Baystate Franklin was the intervention of two Massachusetts legislators. Does Bradley think that same strategy would work with the Visiting and Hospice Nurses?

“Well…we don’t want to make a habit of that. That’s not a good way to go about negotiating contracts,” Bradley says.

A spokesperson for the Massachusetts Nurses Association was unable to speak to details of the contract negotiations, but says the union hopes to schedule more talks soon.