Unionized healthcare professionals at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital voted Thursday to reject a contract proposal from their parent company Lifespan and plan to issue a 10-day strike notice, according to a report from Providence Journal.
Members of United Nurses and Allied Professionals Local 5098 sent out a press release about Thursday’s vote to reject the tentative contract proposal.
UNAP Local 5098 president Frank Sims said in the release that voting members rejected a “deal that devalues the critical role they play in providing world-class healthcare at Rhode Island’s only Level I trauma hospital.”
UNAP Local 5098 members have voted to reject the contract offer from Lifespan and will issue a 10-day strike notice in the coming days. pic.twitter.com/ijwaWs0pKN
— UNAP (@WeAreUNAP) July 13, 2018
Hospital officials responded Friday morning in a statement to Providence Journal and said they are “disappointed” by the vote on the three-year contract proposal, but that the hospital is “fully prepared to adequately staff our hospital and meet the needs of our patients.”
Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital represent two of the largest acute-care facilities in the state. Additionally, Hasbro is the only Level 1 Trauma facility in the region, according to their website.
You can read the full Providence Journal report here.
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