(Updated 2:23 p.m.)
Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island and SEIU 1199 New England have reached a tentative agreement on their contract negotiations, subject to ratification by the full union membership.
Employees of Women & Infants Hospital authorized District 1199 SEIU New England to allow its bargaining committee to deliver a strike notice to Care New England’s management while contract negotiations are ongoing, the union announced Dec. 12.
Unionized employees of Women & Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, a Care New England facility, picketed on the afternoon of Wednesday, Dec. 7 outside of CNE’s corporate offices on Willard Avenue, only a few blocks from the hospital.
While a union representing health care workers is upset about approximately 30 positions being eliminated at Our Lady of Fatima Hospital and Roger Williams Medical Center, a spokesman for the hospitals said the layoffs are a response to changing market conditions.