Nurses and other union workers are expected to go on strike Monday at Rhode Island Hospital and Hasbro Children’s hospital.
The hospitals’ operator Lifespan said it’s taken steps to staff the facilities through the strike. Lifespan has hired more than 1,000 nurses and other replacement workers in anticipation of the strike. Lifespan officials said in a statement late Tuesday that the company had wired $10 million to a temporary staffing agency to secure the replacement workers. The hires had to be made in time to “mobilize people, make travel arrangements and secure accommodations,” the statement reads.
Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo has urged the two sides to bring an end to their contract dispute.
Nurses charge their wages have not kept pace with other hospitals. And the union said staffing levels are too low to keep up with patient demand. Lifespan disputes the claim that nurse’s wages are lower than other area hospitals.
The company said the strike will cost $10 million.