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Nurses to strike at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield

Unionized nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center in Greenfield plan to hold a 24-hour strike Friday to protest what they say are demands for unreasonable concessions in contract negotiations that broke down without a settlement Wednesday night.

The Massachusetts Nurses Association, which represents 209 nurses in the Western Massachusetts community hospital, said proposals from its Springfield-based parent, Baystate Health System, would increase overtime at the Greenfield hospital and discipline nurses for using legitimate sick time, forcing them to care for patients while ill.

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