Nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield have filed two unfair labor complaints. The nurses allege hospital administrators withheld information during contract negotiations and ordered them not to talk about the union within earshot of patients. The nurses are currently without a contract. The National Labor Relations Board will interview both sides at an October hearing. On another matter, union nurses and management at Baystate Franklin Medical Center have found some common ground on the issue of overtime. The state’s health policy commission has ruled the hospital can force nurses to work overtime during emergencies, but not as a matter of regular practice. That issue has been central to the contract negotiations.
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A traffic configuration change is coming to a busy Northampton intersection by 2018, according to state officials. A series of proposed upgrades to Route 9 calls for construction of a roundabout intersection at the Northampton side to the Coolidge Bridge.
Lengthening of the school day is part of a plan proposed by state officials in their three-year "turnaround" plan for Holyoke's schools, elements of which will be phased in beginning as early as next school year.
At a town council subcommittee informational forum on the issue earlier this week, one councilor suggested that the town should consider an ordinance imposing minimum air quality standards on home wood burning devices.
At last night's Council meeting, the owner of Packard's directly addressed City Council President Bill Dwight and Ward 3 Councilor Ryan O'Donnell condemning their choice to march with hotel workers to deliver a message of an intent to unionize, to Hotel Northampton owner Mansour Ghalibaf.