Ask the nurses for support in the battle for the new contract
ROCKY HILL, CT (WFSB) – The union nurses at Windham Hospital will get a big boost in their ongoing battle to win a new contract.
Senator Richard Blumenthal will speak out and support nurses Monday afternoon.
Blumenthal is scheduled to speak at AFT Connecticut in Rocky Hill, where he will cite a recent Yale School of Medicine study that documented what he calls an alarming overcrowding problem in hospitals. nationwide.
Nurses have demanded better pay and health insurance from the hospital. They also seek to end Willimantic Hospital’s mandatory overtime policy.
The problem, according to the nurses, is that overcrowding puts patients at risk.
They also stated that Windham Hospital had refused to reopen all of its units or accept patients from other hospitals.
Prominent nurses wrote a detailed letter to the State Department of Public Health stating that “…nurses at Backus are being forced to work mandatory hours at an unsafe staff rate. as the census increases. This harms the nurses as well as the patients.”
The president of Windham Hospital has removed mandatory overtime language from their proposed contract with Windham nurses.
The hospital claims their salary for nurses is already 5% higher than the average nurse’s salary.
Senator Richard Blumenthal will speak out and support Windham Hospital nurses on Monday afternoon.
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