Workers at 2 Providence hospitals authorize strike starting Monday

Workers at 2 Providence hospitals authorize strike starting Monday

The Westerly Sun

PROVIDENCE — Unionized nurses and technical staff members at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Childen’s Hospital have voted to strike at 3 p.m. Monday. The 2.400 hospital workers are represented by United Nurses & Allied Professionals Local 5098.

The union did not release the results of Thursday’s strike vote but said members voted “overwhelmingly” to strike. The strike is supposed to last three days. The union rejected a three-year contract offer from hospital parent company Lifespan earlier this month.

The union’s issues apparently revolve around staffing and working conditions. Lifespan, which owns the hospitals, said it offered the workers higher wages and benefits, and said in an ad on Friday that full-time UNAP employees last year received average pay and benefits amounting to $116,900.

Lifespan said Thursday that the strike vote was “disappointing” and said it would continue normal inpatient and outpatient services by hiring temporary nurses and technical professionals.

AP and Sun staff


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