Mediator: Resume talks on Temple strike Friday

John George, Philadelphia Business Journal, April 14, 2010 The state mediator in the labor dispute at Temple University Hospital has called for negotiations to resume Friday afternoon. Officials at Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals, which represent about 1,500 nurses and allied health workers at the North Philadelphia medical center, said the session was scheduled by mediator Mark LaMont after US Representative Robert Brady, D-Philadelphia, called on the parties to return to the bargaining tale. The strike entered its third week Wednesday as the two sides remain separated by issues that include wages, health benefits and staffing levels. Union officials said Wednesday that Philadelphia City Council intends to introduce a resolution on April 15 urging fair bargaining by Temple University Hospital. The resolution is co-sponsored by Councilmen Bill Greenlee, and Darrell Clarke, and Councilwoman María Quiñones-Sánchez. Temple University Hospital officials have throughout the negotiating process have maintained their offer is “ fair, reasonable and competitive” in today’s marketplace. All contents of this site © American City Business Journals Inc. All rights reserved.