- Associated Press - Friday, June 29, 2018

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) - Union representatives for Massachusetts nurses working in the Berkshires have voted to ratify new terms for their contracts.

The registered nurses at Berkshire Medical Center bargained for 22 months over a new contract and temporarily walked off the job in October. The Berkshire Eagle reports Members of the Massachusetts Nurses Association voted Thursday, with 97 percent in favor of approving terms that will cut short a planned second strike this month.

In a statement Thursday night, the union called the contract a huge success for patients, nurses and the community.

The contract provides assurances from the hospital that workloads for registered nurses will not grow worse. The agreement also includes wage gains and an agreement that nurses will pay higher premiums for individual health policies.

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