Nurses in Rhode Island consider next steps after striking

August 3, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Nurses at two Rhode Island hospitals who recently returned to work after a strike are figuring out their next steps.

Members of Local 5098 of the United Nurses and Allied Professionals overwhelmingly voted “no confidence” on Thursday in the leadership of hospital operator Lifespan and Rhode Island Hospital. They also voted to authorize members of the bargaining team to issue a 10-day strike notice if negotiations stall. A second vote by the membership would be required to go on strike.

About 2,400 nurses and other health care workers at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s Hospital went on strike last week. They returned to work Friday.

Negotiators discussed contract terms on Wednesday.

The union says another strike “could extend indefinitely.”

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