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Nurses OK strike at Quincy hospital

No date is set for one-day walkout; staffing at issue at Steward hospital

Long-simmering tensions between Steward Health Care System and the union representing most of its nurses boiled over Tuesday as the union said its members authorized a one-day strike at Quincy Medical Center after the Steward-owned hospital closed a 40-bed medical surgical floor.

Late last month, the Massachusetts Nurses Association was notified that the money-losing Quincy hospital, acquired by Boston-based Steward in 2011, was shutting down the medical surgical floor and laying off 30 nurses who worked there along with 40 technicians, orderlies, and laborers, according to David Schildmeier, spokesman for the nurses association.

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