Hartford Healthcare reached a tentative agreement with Backus Hospital Nurses on Friday night on a new 4 year contract. Negotiations went from Friday until 1:30 AM on Saturday morning. According to union rep Donna Perry, Hartford Healthcare met the union “more than halfway” on wages and also what she called some “a lot of other great changes.”
All that is needed at this point are members of the union to ratify the agreement before Friday, October 23, 2020.
Governor Ned Lamont released the following statement regarding the tentative contract agreement reached today between Backus Hospital and the union representing its nurses:
“This agreement represents the renewed partnership between incredible nurses who have been true heroes during this pandemic on the front lines since day one, and a hospital that has served the region well for months. These nurses fought for a fair deal and that was the end result. I want to thank the leadership of both Hartford Healthcare and AFT for coming to the table and hammering this out over the previous week.”
Governor Lamont and Chief of Staff Paul Mounds have held active conversations with both parties over the past week with the goal of getting an agreement completed as the region has seen a surge of COVID-19 infections.
Earlier this week, Backus nurses went on a 48 hour strike from Tuesday ay 7:00 AM until Thursday at 7:00 AM.