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NEW: MA Nurses Association Backs Lynch in U.S. Senate Race

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

 

The Massachusetts Nurses Association /National Nurses United (MNA/NNU) announced its endorsement of U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch (D-MA) for U.S. Senate in the special election to replace John Kerry.

“Our endorsement of Congressman Lynch was based on his outstanding record of supporting a number of issues important to frontline nurses in Massachusetts, including his longstanding support for Federal and state legislation to require safe RN-to-patient staffing limits for nurses in acute care hospitals, safer working conditions for nurses, and access to quality health care for all in America,” said MNA/NNU President, Donna Kelly-Williams, RN.

The MNA/NNU is the largest union of registered nurses and health professionals in the Bay State, and board member Kathy Metzger recalled Lynch’s efforts to support nurses at Brockton Hospital when they were on strike in 2001 for 104 days to win improvements in RN staffing levels and an end to the dangerous practice of mandatory overtime for nurses.

“Steve Lynch was with us every day of that strike, supporting us on the picket line and as an elected leader using his power and influence to stand up for nurses and patients," she said. "He has continued that support for the last decade, and in the Senate, he would continue that work, not only for nurse, but also for all workers who are struggling in this economy.”

“I am incredibly grateful to have the backing of the Massachusetts Nurses Association,” Lynch said. “I have walked with nurses on the picket line, and supported them in the halls of the State House and the Capitol Building. Their efforts not only improve working conditions at hospitals and other health care settings, but also improve patient safety and quality of care. I am honored to have their support in this campaign, and I will continue to fight on their behalf in the U.S. Senate.”  

 

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