I am curious what will happen when multiple hospitals strike the same day? Tufts Medical Center in Boston and St. Vincent Hospital are both holding nursing strikes of over 1700 staff next Friday, May 6th. How can two big hospitals strike the same day and what will happen to the patients? This is very confusing to me. – Daniel, Allston
Both hospital are in the middle of contract negotiations with the nurses who want changes to the staffing levels. The nurses say staffing levels endanger patients…the hospitals say the levels are fine. The nurses are threatening to strike for one day.
So what could happen? The hospitals aren’t exactly surprised by this move, so they’ve made plans, but those plans could draw out the strike. The hospitals have made arrangements to bring in replacement nurses. But they have to pay those nurses for 5 days work, so the hospitals say, even though this is planned to be a one day strike, the regular nurses will have to stay out for 5 days. Got that?