Westerly Locals Negotiate Successor Agreements With New Purchaser
The Union at the Westerly Hospital
has navigated its way through the treacherous waters of receivership securing a brighter future for the hospital, its members and the community. In December of 2011, the Westerly Hospital went into receivership. Throughout that time, the Union has protected the terms of their contracts and service and employment levels at the hospital. This past summer the Union successfully negotiated new agreements with Lawrence and Memorial Hospital, a neighboring hospital based in New London, Connecticut that is seeking to purchase The Westerly Hospital. The agreements not only secure wages, benefits and working conditions, the agreements secure commitments to continue service lines and employment. Both the Union and The Westerly Hospital will maintain their respective identities and organizations. At the same time the new relationship with Lawrence and Memorial should strengthen the Westerly Hospital and put it in a better position to continue serving the community as an acute care hospital. Final regulatory approval is pending.