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Norwich Nurses End Strike After Parent Company Agrees To Raises, Promise Of Masks

Personal Protective Equipment

More than 400 nurses at a hospital in Norwich, Connecticut, ended their two-day strike on Saturday. The hospital had been seeing an uptick in coronavirus cases and nurses wanted better pandemic protective gear, among other contract terms.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont helped the nurses and officials at William W. Backus Hospital settle disputes over pay and pandemic supplies. The contract is tentative.

Nurses went on strike for two days last week to pressure the hospital to negotiate better contract terms. They returned to work as negotiations continued.

Union officials say new pay raises will help stop nurses from leaving for jobs with higher salaries. They also say the hospital’s parent company agreed to provide single-use face masks.

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