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Melrose-Wakefield Hospital Workers to Picket Thursday

Workers to picket hospital as contract talks stall.

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Healthcare workers at Melrose-Wakefield Hospital will stage a picket at the main entrance on Thursday, April 10 beginning at  2:15 p.m.

The proposed takeover of Melrose-Wakefield Hospital by Partners HealthCare system has workers at Melrose-Wakefield protesting management tactics in recent contract negotiations, according to a press release issued by the United Healthcare Workers union.

“In response to efforts by management to extract concessions specifically from lower-paid workers who are newer to the hospital, healthcare workers are escalating their campaign by taking public action this week,” the release says.

The release goes on to say that hospital executives are proposing a “two-track” wage and benefit system that would compromise the future of jobs and care at the hospital.

Additionally, workers also say management is not dealing fairly with workers at a time when Melrose-Wakefield and its parent organization Hallmark Health System, along with its future potential owner Partners Healthcare, are enjoying well-documented financial success, the release says.

Healthcare workers participating in the picket include surgical staff, patient care technicians, imaging staff, lab staff, counselors and more. The picket will take place between 2:15 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Thursday afternoon at the main entrance of Melrose-Wakefield Hospital, 585 Lebanon St., Melrose.

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