Massachusetts nurses union approves contracts at Quincy, Worcester hospitals

Members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association have ratified new labor contracts with Quincy Medical Center and the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

Unionized nurses, who mounted a 24-hour strike at the Quincy hospital April 11 to dramatize their complaints about staffing levels, ratified a one-year agreement with the hospital, union officials said Wednesday. The hospital is owned by Boston-based Steward Health Care System, which operates 11 for-profit hospitals across eastern Massachusetts.

Meanwhile, union leaders said nurses at the Memorial/Hahnemann campus of UMass Medical Center earlier ratified a new three-year contract. Nurses had threatened a strike at that hospital last month, also over staffing levels, but the strike was averted by a tentative agreement.

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