After 23 negotiating sessions, Brigham and Women’s Hospital and the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) have reached a tentative agreement on a nursing contract.
“We are extremely pleased that we have reached a tentative agreement with the MNA and that the strike has been averted,” said Betsy Nabel, MD, president, Brigham and Women’s Health Care. “We are most grateful for the support of the many elected officials and community leaders who provided guidance. This agreement would not have been reached without the tremendous commitment of Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, and our entire Brigham family is grateful for his intervention.”
The final agreement allows the hospital to remain within the financial objectives it had established, and to achieve a 3-year agreement. The contract will now be taken back to the nurses for a vote before being finalized.
“I want to thank the negotiation team and the entire Brigham family for their commitment and dedication during this challenging time,” said Nabel. “The last few weeks have been difficult for everyone involved, and this news will enable us to move forward together as a community and continue to provide the superb care to our patients that the Brigham is known for. We will work with our clinical and administrative leaders to resume normal operations immediately.”