Nurses' strike ends at Connecticut hospital, talks continue

Nurses' strike ends at Connecticut hospital, talks continue

NORWICH, Conn. (AP) – Nurses who went on a two-day strike amid disputes over pay and the availability of protective gear at a Norwich hospital have returned to work as contract negotiations continue.

More than 400 nurses went on strike this week at the William W. Backus Hospital in breakdown of contract talks between hospital management and the nurses’ union, which described struggles to get enough personal protective equipment.

Negotiations with Hartford HealthCare, which operates the hospital, were expected to resume on Friday, according to Backus President Donna Handley. She said licensed nurses from around the state provided care during the strike and patients were not put at risk.

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Sherri Dayton, a Backus nurse and president of Local 5149, said hospital operations took a hit from the strike.

“It’s not business as usual in there, that’s for sure. They canceled elective surgeries for the two days of the strike, and they closed down two floors: progressive care and oncology,”

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