St. Vincent Nurses Accuse Union Members Of Bullying During Strike

WORCESTER, Mass. (WBZ NewsRadio) — The nurses strike at St. Vincent Hospital in Worcester is going into its second week and tensions are growing between those on the picket line and those crossing it.

Healthcare workers are now accusing union members of bullying and harassment.

"It's like internet bullying, there's a lot of trolls," said general surgery nurse at St. Vincent Rebekah Pack.

Pack said the harassment she's received for continuing to work during the pandemic has been trying.

"What they have said outside of that picket line, on the Facebook website group, that they're not only going to release our names but our addresses," said Pack.

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She adds the experience has been unnerving. A cutout of Pack's head was also paraded outside the hospital.

"Sometimes we leave and we don't know if people are following us or if people are going to know where we live," said Pack.

St. Vincent Hospital Chief Executive Officer Carolyn Jackson said things have gone too far.

The Massachusetts Nurses Association disputes the validity of the complaints put forward by the hospital. However, they admit there has been isolated incidents on a private Facebook page run by nurses.

“The only thing I am giving validity to is that there was a post on a group Facebook page, that showed a picture of a nurse crossing the picket line but that was it.” Said David Schildmeier with the MSA.

The association said those posts have been removed and corrective action was taken.

WBZ NewsRadio's James Rojas (JamesRojasWBZ) Reports

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