New London hospital, unions agree on new contract

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Union nurses and technicians have approved a new contract with Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London after a labor dispute that included a lockout.

Both sides announced the deal, which expires in 2016, after a vote Monday.

They said they agreed not to discuss specifics but said it covers transfer of work from the hospital’s former obstetrics clinic and outpatient psychiatric care to doctors’ office and sets terms of any new transfers during the contract.

The union agreed to withdraw National Labor Relations Board complaints related the dispute. The contract also covers principles for the union’s potential organizing at other L+M Healthcare entities in Connecticut and Rhode Island.

About 800 workers held a four-day strike beginning Nov. 27 and were locked out when they tried to return. The hospital ended the lockout Dec. 19.

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