PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — Workers at Fatima Hospital have voted to authorize a strike notice, in their effort to secure a new contract. The last contract expired at the end of January.
United Nurses & Allied Professionals (UNAP) says its members overwhelmingly voted to issue the 10-day strike notice if necessary. The union says it wants to draw attention to what it calls a failed comittment to patient and worker safety under healthcare management company, Prospect CharterCARE.
“We don’t take this step lightly and we realize what’s at stake for each other, our patients and the community we are proudly a part of,” Cindy Fenchel, president of UNAP Local 5110 said, “It’s time for Prospect CharterCARE to come to the table and make substantive commitments on improving patient care and strengthening worker safety.”
UNAP says its members have filed 150 incident reports since 2016. Fifty of those incidents involved physical assault of employees.
“I’ve worked at this hospital for more than 40 years and I’ve never seen morale this low. We need Prospect to start caring about Fatima the way the workers do, because we are more than just a money-making opportunity for its shareholders,” Fenchel said.
The union will hold an informational picket from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday afternoon outside Fatima Hospital on High Service Avenue.