Rhode Island Hospital nurses reject contract proposal
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The union representing nurses at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children's Hospital has rejected a contract proposal and is set to issue a 10-day strike notice.
Members of United Nurses and Allied Professionals on Thursday rejected a three-year deal from parent company Lifespan.
Union president Frank Sims said the deal "devalues the critical role (nurses) play in providing world-class health care at Rhode Island's only Level I trauma hospital." Sims said "short-sighted and punitive policies on everything from safe staffing to sick time" leads to high turnover.
Lifespan in a statement said "at no time during negotiations had the union leadership brought any such concerns to the bargaining table," adding that proposed pay raises will bring "top of the market rates."
The union represents about 2,400 nurses and other workers.