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Nurses walk the picket line outside Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass., on Oct. 3, 2017.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

Union nurses at Berkshire Medical Center returned to work Sunday, following a temporary strike over staffing levels.

Nurses walk the picket line outside Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, Mass., on Oct. 3, 2017.
Adam Frenier / NEPR

About 800 unionized nurses with Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield held a one-day strike Tuesday. It's the latest in a more than year-long contract dispute between the nurses and the hospital centered around staffing levels.

Sandra Vosburgh works in the maternity ward. She said on her unit, one position has gone unfilled for 10 months, which is making it difficult to care for patients.

Unionized nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are planning to strike on Tuesday.
File photo / MassLive

Officials at Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield say they're ready for a planned 24-hour strike by 800 unionized nurses starting Tuesday morning.

Unionized nurses at Berkshire Medical Center are planning to strike on Tuesday.
File photo / MassLive

The Massachusetts Nurses Association put Berkshire Medical Center on notice that they plan to strike next month, largely because of a dispute over staffing levels at the Pittsfield hospital.

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Dave Roback / The Republican

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At Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield, the nurses union voted to authorize a strike last week. They will return to the bargaining table Monday. The nurses have been without a contract for almost a year.

"We are very disappointed that the union has taken a second step now towards a strike," said spokesman for the hospital Michael Leary.  "We do look forward to meeting with them again with the hopes that we can strive toward reaching a final agreement."