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Striking L and M Workers Rally

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NEW LONDON, Conn. (AP) _ A strike at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital is continuing into its third day, with several hundred striking nurses and their supporters rallying outside the New London facility.

Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, the national union representing the nearly 800 striking nurses and technicians. She appeared at Friday’s rally and told The Day of New London the large turnout shows a large portion of the community supports the workers.

The caregivers went on strike Wednesday after contract negotiations broke off.

The union accuses L&M of transferring work to non-union affiliates. In an op-ed article be published Saturday in The Day, L&M chief executive Bruce Cummings says the hospital’s administration wishes it could provide air-tight job security for all workers.

A new bargaining session is planned next week.

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