The nurses union and the hospital have tentatively settled on a contract, averting what would have been the second strike.
Bargaining for three consecutive days and stretching late into the night, Berkshire Medical Center and the local Massachusetts Nurses Union chapter settled on a five-year deal. That agreement needs to be ratified by a vote of the full 800 members.
The nurses union has re-issued its plans to strike after lengthy negotiations Monday.
The Massachusetts Nurses Association's Berkshire Medical Center chapter is planning to strike again. The union and the hospital has been attempting to settle a contract for more than a year and a half after the last contract expired in September 2016. In October, the nurses went on a one-day strike which was followed by a four-day lockout.
Robert Malnati, administrator of the Berkshire Regional Transit Authority, sent a brief notification late Friday that he had been told the tentative agreement settled on Wednesday had been voted by the paratransit union membership.
The union nurses at Berkshire Medical Center have called off the strike.
After a late night of last-minute negotiations Thursday, the local Massachusetts Nurses Association chapter and BMC's administration opted to withdraw the strike as a contract settlement potentially nears. The nurses were planning on a one-day strike on Tuesday, which likely have been followed by a lockout.
A scheduled strike at the BRTA has been delayed.
BRTA Administrator Robert Malnati issued a notice on Monday saying the paratransit operators have delayed the scheduled strike on Feb. 19. A federal mediator will be meeting with BRTA on Feb. 21 to further discuss the situation.
The nurses at Berkshire Medical Center plan to go on strike for the second time.
The local chapter of the Massachusetts Nurses Association voted to hold a one-day strike on Tuesday, Feb. 27. Some 800 nurses have been in difficult contract negotiations with the hospital for about a year and a half after the last agreement expired in September of 2016.
Members of International Teamsters Local 404 have reportedly voted down the best and final offer during contract negotiations with Paratransit Management of the Berkshires as well as called for a strike.