Nurses at Brigham and Women’s prepare to go on strike

BOSTON (WHDH) - A bargaining committee for the Brigham and Women’s Nurse’s Union met with representatives from the hospital and Partners HealthCare Friday in hopes of reaching a deal.

The nurses are calling for a new union deal they say would put the focus on care for patients rather than profits.

11th hour negotiations with a federal mediator went on all day Friday.

Brigham and Women’s released the following statement Friday night:

Today’s negotiating session with the Massachusetts Nurses Association has ended for the day without an agreement. The hospital and the MNA are scheduled to meet again tomorrow to continue discussions.

If a deal isn’t reached, 3,300 nurses are prepared to go on strike Monday morning.

It would be the first nurse strike in Boston in 30 years, and one of the largest strikes ever.

Officials said many of the 700 temporary nurses have started to arrive in town. The hospital will run at 60% capacity, meaning many patients are in the process of being moved to other hospitals.

The nurses are fighting issues such as wages, health benefits and staffing levels.

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