Baystate Franklin, Nurses Settle On Five-Year Contract

May 24, 2018

The Massachusetts Nurses Association and Baystate Franklin Medical Center have reached a settlement on a new contract.

The agreement comes after about 18 months of talks, strikes and lockouts at the hospital in Greenfield.

About 200 nurses at Baystate Franklin have been negotiating for higher wages, better health insurance and more staff. 

"What was happening before is a nurse would leave, retire, resign. Sometimes they'd fill that position. Sometimes they wouldn't," said registered nurse Donna Stern, who helped lead negotiations. "Now they're committed to always filling that position."

Baystate Health officials issued a statement that said "the new contract continues to provide market-competitive wages, benefits and health insurance."

The union's bargaining committee endorsed the 5-year contract. The membership will vote whether to ratify it within a few weeks.

Meanwhile, nurses at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield have been fighting for a new contract since October 2016. They're back at the negotiating table Friday.