Nurses trying to return to work after strike locked out

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"We are all supportive of each other, we are all holding tight", said Tom McCready, a nurse in the hospital's surgical intensive care unit. "That's the issue", Hudson-Jinks told reporters at a Tufts Medical Center press conference, referring to a proposed switching of the pension plans of several hundred nurses into a defined-contribution plan. But the demand that the basic pay should be made Rs 20,000 is not affordable for the hospitals."If the nurses are going ahead with the strike, then we appeal to th".

"I feel like we've been forced to this point", said one striking nurse.

The nurses are seeking more staffing so they can spend more time with patients, along with an increase in their salaries and enhancement of their pensions.

The nurses, represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association, began to strike around 7 a.m. Wednesday after the union and hospital failed to reach a last-minute agreement Tuesday night. The MNA said Tufts nurses are the lowest paid nurses in Boston and called their pension benefits "the worst in the city".

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The hospital had said anyone who didn't report for work Wednesday would be locked out until Monday morning because it needed to schedule its replacement nurses for five days.

The union said nurses will continue to picket around the clock during the lockout.

"I hope that the management of Tufts Medical Center will end this lock out and sit back down with their nurses to come to a fair agreement". "This is a stunt orchestrated for the media", Rhonda Mann, Spokesperson Tufts Medical Center said.in a statement. Under the umbrella of UNA and Indian Nurses Association, nurses launched the protest demanding hike in wages on June 28. The nurses had been seeking better work conditions including eight-hour shifts. "We've been very clear with him about what we've put on the table", said hospital spokeswoman Brooke Tyson Hynes when asked about the mayor's involvement. Those who chose not to work today know they can return Monday.

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