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Nurses union ratifies 2 labor pacts

The Massachusetts Nurses Association has ratified new labor contracts with Quincy Medical Center and the UMass Memorial Medical Center in Worcester.

Unionized nurses, who mounted a 24-hour strike at the Quincy hospital April 11 to dramatize their complaints about staffing levels, ratified a one-year agreement with the hospital, union officials said Wednesday. The hospital is owned by Boston-based Steward Health Care System, which operates 11 for-profit hospitals in Eastern Massachusetts.

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Union leaders said nurses at the Memorial/Hahnemann campus of UMass Medical Center had earlier ratified a new three-year contract.

Nurses had threatened a strike at that hospital last month, also over staffing levels, but that was headed off by a tentative agreement.

Robert Weisman can be reached at weisman@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @GlobeRobW.
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