Striking nurses at a Massachusetts hospital will resume talks with management Thursday in hopes of ending the work stoppage.
A federal mediator working on negotiation planned face-to-face meetings at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester for two days.
The St. Vincent nurses went on strike on March 8, calling for better staffing, which they believed was necessary to ensure patient safety.
The strike is the longest nurses strike in more than a decade, according to the Massachusetts Nurses Association.
Marlena Pellegrino, co-chair of the Massachusetts Nurses Association’s negotiating unit in St. Vincent, said the nurses are confident the current round of talks will resolve the dispute.
“Our goal this week is to come back to our patients bedside with an enforceable staffing contract language that gives all of our patients the care and dignity they deserve,” she says said the Worcester Gazette.
St. Vincent is owned by Dallas-based Tenet Healthcare. The company declined to comment to The Telegram and Gazette.
The patients in the hospital are looked after by temporary surrogate nurses, however the hospital has also hired new permanent nurses. Some nurses have also crossed the picket line.