Conn. hospital locks out nurses, health workers

NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) — Connecticut’s Lawrence and Memorial Hospital has locked out hundreds of nurses and health care workers after they ended a four-day strike and tried to return to work.

Hospital spokesman Michael O’Farrell said the New London hospital did not allow the employees to return to work Saturday because contract issues remain unresolved and employees could disrupt patient care if they decide to go on strike again.

He said patient care has continued uninterrupted, despite the strike, and the hospital is running smoothly.

Matt O’Connor of AFT Connecticut said the union would seek an injunction to get the 800 employees back to work. He claimed the hospital was putting patient care in danger. U.S. Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy and Rep. Joe Courtney said that “imposing a lockout carries grave risk.”

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