Nurses and technicians at Lawrence & Memorial Hospital in New London have voted to go on strike unless management backs off a plan to cut their sick time and resolves other contract issues.
Leaders of two unions that represent about 700 workers say Wednesday's vote was overwhelmingly in favor of going on strike Nov. 16.
Members of the two locals of the American Federation of Teachers say management wants to cut paid sick days from 12 to five a year, and eliminate carry over of unused sick time into following years. They say the swine flu outbreak makes ample sick time more important than ever.
Hospital spokesman Kelly Anthony says management is hopeful for a compromise and a new contract, but needs to cut costs and is prepared to hire replacement nurses if needed. (AP)