Crozer-Keystone, nurses approve tentative contract

Associated Press, July 11, 2011 Representatives for Crozer-Chester Nurses Association and Crozer-Keystone Health System reached a tentative contract agreement early Sunday evening. The union, which is part of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals, also known as PASNAP, represents about 700 registered nurses at Crozer-Chester Medical Center in Upland. Their previous three-year contract expired June 8. Kathy Scullin, vice president of marketing for Crozer-Keystone, said at about 5:30 PM Sunday, “Crozer-Chester Medical Center and PASNAP have reached a tentative agreement. A ratification vote will be held all day Tuesday.” Ratification meetings for the nurses are scheduled for 7:30 AM, 11 AM, 4:30 PM and 7:30 PM Tuesday at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Hall, 3729 Chichester Avenue, Upper Chichester, according to Bill Cruice, executive director of PASNAP. “No details will be released until members have an opportunity to see them Tuesday,” said Cruice, who, in June, told the Daily Times that staffing and health care costs were major sticking points. He said both sides met with a federal mediator from about 9 AM Thursday until 5 AM Friday. They resumed negotiations about 3 PM Sunday and reached a tentative agreement about two hours later. “We just had to finalize some language,” noted Cruice. Contract negotiations commenced in March. In May union members authorized their bargaining committee to issue a 10-day strike notice, but none was issued.