WORCESTER (CBS) – More than six months after the nurses at St. Vincent Hospital went on strike, city officials in Worcester are calling on the company that owns the facility to come back to the bargaining table and negotiate in good faith.
The nurses, who walked off the job more than 200 days ago, have demanded better staffing, saying patient safety was at risk.READ MORE: Record Fall Warmth: An Unprecedented Autumn In New England
Worcester Mayor Joseph Petty said that while Tenet Healthcare claims it wants the strike to end, the company hasn’t guaranteed nurses will be able to return to their previous positions or return without fear of retaliation.READ MORE: As Pediatricians Get Ready To Give COVID Vaccine To Children, Some Doctors Say Review The Data
“When it comes to our nurses who have given so much for so many years, I want them to know that we in Worcester believe they are irreplaceable. Let me be clear: The strike needs to end, and needs to end now,” Petty said.MORE NEWS: 'We Thought It Was Going To Explode' Fans On Way To ALCS At Fenway Talk About Houston Plane Crash
The mayor said an end to the strike would ease a capacity crunch at Worcester hospitals and open up about 100 beds.