WORECESTER, Massachusetts, August 1, 2021 / PRNewswire / – A federal mediator has scheduled the next round of talks between striking nurses at St. Vincent Hospital and the management of Dallasbased at Tenet Healthcare, in hopes the parties can reach a deal that finally includes the staffing and patient care improvements nurses need to protect their patients and end the strike – which on Monday , will last 148 days, the longest nationwide nurses’ strike in more than a decade.
Nurses from St. Vincent Hospital met Dallasbased at Tenet Healthcare for two-day negotiations on 22nd of July and 23, with talks ending in 7:30 p.m. on July 23.
“As nurses continue to be resolute and united in our efforts to ensure safer patient care, we look forward to this opportunity to meet in person with the hospital to continue a good faith dialogue that we ‘hopefully will lead to a settlement to end our strike, “mentioned Marlena Pellegrino, IA, long-time institutional nurse and co-chair of the local nurses bargaining unit with the Massachusetts Nurses Association. “Getting back to our patients’ bedside with binding contract staffing clauses that provide all of our patients with the care and dignity they deserve is our goal this week, and we hope Tenet shares that goal. ”
Face-to-face interviews are scheduled inside the hospital, with the nurses’ negotiating team meeting at the nearby Hilton Garden Inn across from the hospital. This will not impact the strike, with nurses continuing to picket during talks and every day until an agreement is reached. The negotiating committee will be available to meet with the media before and after the end of negotiations.
As the strike enters its 22sd week, Tenet reported profits of more than $ 120 million for the second quarter of 2021, after recording a profit of $ 97 million during the first quarter for a total profit for the year of more than $ 217 million. Since the start of the strike, Tenet has spent more than $ 95 million to extend the nurses’ strike at St. Vincent Hospital, a fraction of which has reportedly funded the staff improvements nurses are seeking.
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