L&M Workers United

Joint Statement from L+M and AFT on Tentative Agreement and Scheduled Contract Ratification Vote

A tentative agreement has been reached between Lawrence + Memorial and AFT Locals 5049 and 5051 which represent its registered nurses (RNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs), health technicians and technologists. 
 

Nurses and Techs "Back to the Bedside" at L&M Hospital, Administrators End Illegal Lockout

New London - Caregivers illegally locked out of Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital 19 days ago today returned to work, temporarily halting a standoff over the future of health service delivery for the region. Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC) representatives on Tuesday unilaterally ordered an end to the unlawful activity after talks with the unions representing the hospital's caregivers failed to produce a mutual agreement.
 

Caregivers Locked Out of L&M Hospital Reject "Attempted Bribe," Stand Strong for Community

New London - Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital administrators this week committed multiple violations of federal law in rebuffing efforts by the facility's healthcare professionals to resolve the crisis of care impacting their community. Their union's representatives have filed unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) over "bad faith" negotiating tactics and the ongoing lockout, now in its 12th day. An additional charge is planned over an "offer" publicly announced yesterday by the hospital's spokesman that is provoking a strong response from the caregivers.
 

Defense Fund for L&M Hosp. Caregivers Locked Out Raises Over $20K in Less than 24 Hours

New London - Professional patient care providers locked out of Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital a week ago by their employer will have access to financial aid through the efforts of their union. Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC) last Saturday cut off pay and terminated medical and dental coverage for nearly 800 registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), healthcare technicians and technologists and their families. AFT Connecticut and its national union yesterday set up a militancy/defense fund that has already raised over $20,000.00 to provide relief with the economic hardship of the lockout.
 

Help Nurses and Caregivers Locked Out at L&M Hospital

Nearly 800 registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and healthcare techs and technologists at L&M Hospital have been locked out by the corporation that owns the community hospital. The community they serve has been asking how they can help in this, their most difficult time.
 

Corp. Operating L&M Hosp. Chooses "Reckless, Irresponsible" Lockout Over Critical Care

New London - The administration of Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital yesterday locked out its registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), healthcare technicians and technologists immediately following the end of a legally protected job action. Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC) representatives refused to allow the caregivers to complete an unconditional return to their patients offered before they began the first strike in the hospital’s 101-year history. The local unions representing the nurses and techs on Tuesday filed a complaint seeking injunctive relief with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in the event LMC attempted their threatened lockout.
 

Nurses, Health Techs Will "Strike for Our Community;" Stoppage to Start Tomorrow

New London - Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC) representatives today walked away from negotiations with nurses, caregivers and healthcare workers at Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital, setting in motion a strike set to begin tomorrow. Talks broke down when the corporation's representatives refused to keep working toward mutual resolution of issues impacting patient care sought by the unions representing approximately 800 of the hospital's employees. Registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and healthcare technicians will walk off the job at 6:00AM tomorrow in the first strike at L&M in the hospital's 101-year history.
 

Caregivers at L&M Hospital "Won't be Bullied," Remain Committed to Patients and their Families

New London - Bedside patient caregivers are responding to their employer's attempts to intimidate the workforce into accepting proposals that fail to protect community access to healthcare services at Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital. The CEO of Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC), the acute care facility's operator, on Friday threatened to lockout employees in the event of a strike, harming efforts to reach a mutual settlement. The CEO also announced indefinite plans to rely on replacement workers to treat patients, raising questions about management's commitment to the hospital's reputation for delivering high quality care.
 

Comments on L&M Corp.'s Rejection of Offer by Hospital Caregivers to Avert Strike

Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital registered nurse (RN) Lisa D'Abrosca and L&M Hospital Sleep Lab technician Stephanie Johnson made the following statement on today's negotiations session with representatives of Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC):
 

L&M Hospital Caregivers Prepared to Strike to Move Corp. to "Put Patient Care First"

New London - Registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), and healthcare technicians at Lawrence & Memorial (L&M) Hospital today voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike to protest their employer's violation of federal labor law. In a secret ballot election, the hospital's caregivers ratified a plan to hold accountable Lawrence & Memorial Corporation (LMC), which owns and operates the community hospital, for tactics that impact patient care. In addition to a possible work stoppage at the region’s largest acute care facility, the caregivers will ramp-up public education efforts to expose LMC's unfair labor and community practices. 
 
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