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Boston Nurse Strike Begins; 1,200 Hospital Caregivers Involved

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Nurses at the Tufts Medical Center picket outside the hospital on Washington Street Wednesday, July 12, 2017, in Boston. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Wednesday, 12 Jul 2017 06:17 PM

A one-day strike by more than 1,200 nurses at a Boston hospital began at 7 a.m. Wednesday after unsuccessful last-minute negotiations between their union and hospital administrators.

The strike by Tufts Medical Center nurses began with picket lines outside the hospital, The Associated Press reported.

Hospital officials have locked out striking nurses for four additional days and hired more than 320 temporary nurses.

The union and the hospital are at an impasse over staffing levels, pay, and retirement benefits.

A union representative says hospital management was "determined to force a strike." Hospital CEO Dr. Michael Wagner said it's "extremely unfortunate that the union has continued to hold out for more money and an ill-conceived pension plan."

The sides have been negotiating a new contract since April 2016.

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