Nurses rallied in Taunton amid contract talks with Morton Hospital

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Good morning, Taunton! Today is Sunday, Jan. 16, 2022. Today is also National Fig Newton Day! Go ahead, treat yourself. It is Sunday after all.

Now, let's take a look at today's top stories:

Sunday Reads

This week's Sunday Read is about nurses from the Massachusetts Nurses Association rallying on Taunton Green.

A crowd of more than 150 rallied on the Green Thursday, demanding pay raises for health care workers at Morton Hospital. Nurses and health care professionals with the Massachusetts Nurses Association have been in contract negotiations with the hospital since October. Union members argued that Morton salaries lag behind those of Boston hospitals so badly that local nurses are choosing not to work in Taunton. Heidi Taylor, president of the hospital, countered that Morton has "pulled out all the stops" to attract and keep local nurses.

A major talking point among union members was the hospital's use of "traveling nurses."

Gazette Reporter Chris Helms has the story here.

Taunton has its worst week of the entire pandemic, again

Last week, Taunton reported its highest total of new weekly COVID cases for the entire pandemic.

This week, it happened again, with more than 1,200 new cases of COVID recorded in the city. Across Greater Taunton, there were more than 3,000 new COVID cases.

The city's total has now surpassed 12,000 since the pandemic began.

We break down the latest weekly report from Mass. DPH here, as the city's COVID surge continues.

Sports

The Taunton boys basketball team's strong run continues and shows no signs of slowing down. The Tigers defeated Attleboro 71-51 at home in Hockomock League action to improve to 5-1 overall on the season. Gazette Sports Reporter Cameron Merritt has the latest scores and stats for local games, right here.

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This article originally appeared on The Taunton Daily Gazette: Taunton Daily Gazette Daily Briefing newsletter Jan 16 2022

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