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Nurses Union Rejects Lifespan Contract, Issues Strike Notice (Read More…)

July 13, 2018

The union representing nurses and other workers at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital has announced plans to strike in 10 days—on July 23rd—after its members rejected a three-year contract offer.

The United Nurses and Allied Professionals (UNAP) Local 5098 issued the ten-day strike noticed on Friday. UNAP represents more than 2,400 nurses and other non-physician health care workers employed by Lifespan, the state’s largest hospital system.

The union said its members voted “overwhelmingly” Thursday night to reject Lifespan’s three-year contract offer and called on hospital officials to “immediately return to the bargaining table.’’ Its members have been working under a contract that expired June 30.

Barring progress at the bargaining table, the strike would begin Monday, July 23 at 3 p.m.  The strike would continue until Thursday, July 26, at 3 p.m., at which time UNAP Local 5098 will “make an unconditional offer to return to work,” the union said in a statement.

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