AYER, Mass—Legislators representing patients and families served by the Nashoba Valley Medical Center (NVMC), as well as the nurses who work there, are issuing this joint statement expressing our opposition Steward Healthcare’s recent threat to close our community hospital unless the nurses agree to accept their “final” offer in negotiations for a new union contract.
We stand with the nurses and agree that this threat, which was made without providing the required information to justify such a closure, is a violation of federal labor law and an unseemly attempt to force the nurses into accepting an agreement that the nurses believe will negatively impact the quality and safety of care at this facility.
The nurses have provided data that shows that inadequate pay and staffing conditions at the facility have affected NVMC’s ability to recruit and retain the staff needed to deliver the care our community expects and deserves. They have also shown that, due to staffing shortages, the hospital is routinely transferring patients out and turning patients away.
We call upon Steward to revoke their threat close to our community hospital, and return to the negotiating table to bargain in good faith for an agreement that respects our nurses and guarantees the high quality care our communities deserve.
|Jennifer E. Benson |
37th Middlesex District
|James B. Eldridge|
Middlesex & Worcester District
|Sheila C. Harrington|
1st Middlesex District
|Edward J. Kennedy (D-Lowell)|
First Middlesex District