BOSTON – Boston City Councilor Ed Flynn is filing a resolution at this week’s Council meeting to support the Boston VNA healthcare professionals, who are close to securing their first ever union contract. However, their efforts have been obstructed by the management’s delay in bargaining an equitable and fair contract. This resolution sends support to the Boston VNA healthcare workers as they negotiate their contract, and urges the BVNA management to negotiate in good faith.

Boston VNA  is a certified home health agency that provides nursing care, therapies, rehabilitations, and other home healthcare services to patients in Boston. The healthcare workers serve patients in the Boston area, and play an indispensable part in the delivery of medical care, especially as patients recovering from COVID-19 and other illnesses are often dependent on home healthcare. These healthcare professionals deliver critical services to homebound patients, and risk their own health to serve patients in this pandemic. However, despite their work, BVNA management is proposing to cut sick leave benefits for new workers, and is refusing to give health care professionals the same bereavement leave benefits that are available to their unionized nurse colleagues.

“Our Boston VNA workers are at the frontline of serving our communities to ensure that they receive care in their homes, especially during this pandemic,” said Councilor Flynn. “It is important that our Boston VNA workers are treated with the dignity and respect they deserve as they perform essential services for our residents, and they deserve a contract that is fair and equitable. I urge the BVNA management to negotiate in good faith with these workers, and to sign off on a contract that reflects the value of the critical work that our BVNA workers provide.”

For more information, please contact Councilor Flynn’s office at 617-635-3203 and [email protected].

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