UNAP members vote to strike

Union goes on strike. (WJAR)

The United Nurses and Allied Professionals have voted to strike.

"Today our members faced two choices: accept an insulting and disingenuous offer from wealthy Lifespan executives that devalues each of us as professionals, or reject the contract and move forward with a three-day strike that focuses the public’s attention on the systemic problems facing Rhode Island’s only Level One trauma hospital,” said the union in a release Thursday night.

Members voted today for the strike that will start Monday, July 23rd at 3:00 pm.

The strike will continue until Friday at 3:00 pm although they had originally planned for Thursday, but that conflicted with Lifespan’s alternative staffing plans, so the union added the extra day.

“Every year, our members file hundreds of unsafe staffing reports -- the majority of which go ignored. This too has been raised at the table and to suggest otherwise is a lie,” said the union in a statement.

Shortly after the union, Lifespan sent out a response.

“The hospital is very disappointed. Despite a very challenging health care climate, Rhode Island Hospital offered our 2,400 nurses and technical staff an extremely competitive wage and benefits package valued at tens of millions of dollars,” said Lifespan in the statement.

The hospital said they do have a continuation plan set.

“We are prepared to continue our inpatient and outpatient services as usual. Rhode Island Hospital will have temporary nurses and technical professionals here from Monday, July 23 at 3 p.m. through Friday, July 27 at 3 p.m. to care for patients,” said Lifespan in the statement.

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