When: Thursday, Apr 11, 2019, 2:00pm - 4:00pm

Outside Main Entrance to Lawrence General Hospital, 1 General St., Lawrence MA

Lawrence General Hospital RNs Deliver Required Notice for Informational Picket on April 11th to Call for a Fair Contract with Safer Staffing and Patient Care Conditions

RNs Link Inadequate RN Staffing and Excessive Patient Loads to Longer ED Wait Times (the longest in the state) and Boarding of Patients (10 – 30 a day)

When:     Thursday, April 11, 2019 from 2 - 4

Where:    Outside Main Entrance to Lawrence General Hospital, 1 General St., Lawrence MA

LAWRENCE, MA -- The nurses of Lawrence General Hospital (LGH) have delivered the required 10-day notice to hospital administration of their plan to conduct informational picketing on April 11, in an effort to negotiate a fair contract that will allow the hospital to recruit and retain the staff needed to provide quality patient care.  The nurses and management have been negotiating a new union contract for more than eight months, with the last four sessions held with a federal mediator.

The nurses are attempting to reach an agreement that includes much needed staffing improvements to ensure optimum patient care.  Other items include:  improved time off, increased retirement benefits, and a fair wage increase.  On March 27, a delegation of more than 70 nurses marched to the offices of the hospital president and chief nursing officer to deliver petitions calling for these improvements signed by more than 80 percent of the nearly 500 nurses at the hospital.