Negotiations continue between Rhode Island Hospital and employees with the Teamsters union. The latest round of talks ended in another stalemate.
The Teamsters represent about 2500 nursing assistants, food service, and other workers at Rhode Island Hospital. They’ve threatened to strike if negotiators can’t agree on job protections and wage hikes, as well as improvements to their retirement plan.
Rhode Island Hospital officials tell Rhode Island Public Radio they have made a counter offer to the union that includes more job protections and a more modest increase in wages and benefits. They say they’re prepared for a strike but hopeful it won’t come to that.
Negotiations are scheduled to resume next week.