The nastiest labor spat in the state happened -- is still happening ¿ at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London, where 790 nurses and technicians, unable to reach a contract deal, mounted a four-day walkout starting on the day before Thanksgiving. The hospital then locked out the workers for three weeks, which the nurses' union, AFT, called illegal. The issue is not pay or benefits, or even regular layoffs, but rather it's the hospital's transfer of nursing work to off-site satellite offices, which are non-union. That's one way L+M is dealing with increasing financial pressure, a situation the hospitals say was made worse when Malloy cut their requested reimbursement by $506 million. Talks continue with no agreement yet. CAPTION: Striking workers and labor supporters in attendance are instructed to wave up at the management of Lawrence + Memorial Hospital as nearly 800 registered nurses (RNs), licensed practical nurses (LPNs), healthcare technicians and technologists at L&M Hospital are on strike over unfair labor practices that negatively impact patient care.
John Woike / Hartford Courant
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