News

Baystate Franklin nurses ratify new contract

Baystate Franklin nurses ratify new contract

Photo: clipart.com

GREENFIELD, Mass. (AP) – Nurses at Greenfield’s Baystate Franklin Medical Center have ratified a new contract after a sometimes acrimonious 29-month labor standoff with the hospital. The contract was unanimously approved on Thursday. The five-year contract will cover the past two years and extend through Dec. 31, 2016. It includes a compromise on overtime pay, the issue that had kept nurses and hospital leaders from reaching a deal earlier. Under the deal brokered last week by state lawmakers, the hospital will pay nurses standard pay for up to one hour after the end of a scheduled shift. A nurse who works beyond the one-hour grace period will automatically earn time-and-a-half pay for overtime hours.  Hospital officials say it will save them about $65,000 per year.

Recent Headlines

in Music

CHART TOPPERS: This week’s top alternative tracks

samsmith

LISTEN: This week's top alt tracks, according to the latest Billboard charts.

in Viral Videos

Overjoyed dog almost passes out from excitement

Happy Dog

This schnauzer can't even handle how excited it is when a family member returns home.

in Sports, Viral Videos

WATCH: The history of the ‘high-five’

highfive

It's the gesture associated with all things awesome but the history behind this iconic handshake might surprise you.

in Trending, Viral Videos

TODAY’S MUST SEE: ‘I’m on vacation’

vaca

Everything's OK, when you're on vacation!

in Viral Videos

Gary Oldman’s best death scenes

Gary Oldman Deaths

Gary Oldman has a lot of practice dying on camera. He's done it 17 times!