Top 10: Lawrence + Memorial Hospital strike

The Day's news staff looked back at the biggest local headlines of 2013:

A contract dispute at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London erupted Nov. 27 when the union representing about 800 nurses and technicians declared a four-day strike. It would be the first in the 101-year-old hospital's history, and the state's first hospital strike in 25 years.

But after the four days, a hospital lockout barred workers from their jobs until a deal was reached.

Replacement workers staffed the facility for 19 days until the hospital ended the lockout Dec. 19 without a new contract.

The central issue is whether workers can keep their jobs when non-acute care outpatient services are moved out of the main hospital. The union wants its positions to continue at the new locations. The hospital has offered severance, retraining and other benefits if workers are laid off.

Nurses and technicians are now working under the contract that expired Nov. 16. No new talks are expected until February.

- Judy Benson

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