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Contract impasse: General nurses to strike on Sunday

Nurses at the hospital have been working under an expired contract for approximately two years. The nurses’ union, representing more than 400 nurses at the hospital, accused the operator, Community Health Systems, based in Tennessee, of bad faith bargaining tactics. “Their policies and their bad faith bargaining is actually driving staff out of the area; that has a direct impact on our quality of care,” said union President Fran Prusinski, a critical care unit nurse at the hospital. “Our patients come first, and we need to recruit and retain the nurses that we have. Everyone should be concerned if they’re driving nurses out of the area.” ... Contract

W-B General nurses announce new one-day strike

Citizens Voice, April 29, 2011 The union representing about 450 registered nurses at the Wilkes-Barre General Hospital announced Thursday it will hold a second one-day strike on Sunday to protest hospital owner Community Health System's "bad faith bargaining and refusal to negotiate fairly." In a press release, the Wyoming Valley Nurses Association/PASNAP said the strike is set to begin at 7AM Sunday and will end at 7 AM Monday. The nurses have been working under the terms of their prior contract that expired in 2009. They previously held a one-day strike in December 2010. ... W-B

One-Day Strike at Pennsylvania Hospital Puts For-Profit Chain on Notice

Elaine Weale, RN, Labor Notes, January 12, 2011 The nurses at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital in Pennsylvania chose a one-day strike to protest glacial bargaining, staffing concerns, and management's proposal for expensive health benefits that could change at a moment's notice. Photo: Emily Randle, PASNAP. With patience wearing thin after 18 months of bargaining, the nurses at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital in Pennsylvania chose a one-day strike December 23. We wanted to show our for-profit employer that our solidarity is still as strong as ever and that we will stand up and fight for serious bargaining. ... One-Day

W-B nurses get support

Nurses from union at Mercy in Scranton will join picket line at General Hospital today. Jerry Lynott, Times Leader, December 23, 2010 Wilkes-Barre - Different nurses’ unions will walk together on the picket line today at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, uniting in protest over the health care facility’s for-profit parent owner. Nurses from Mercy Hospital, Scranton, represented by SEIU Healthcare PA, will show their support for the Wilkes-Barre nurses during the one-day strike scheduled from 7 AM today to 7 AM Friday. The Wilkes-Barre nurses, represented by the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, accused Community Health Systems Inc. of bargaining in bad faith ... W-B

Increasingly, nurses facing violence on the job

Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer, November 10, 2010 Amber Knierim, 20, wanted to be a nurse when she grew up, her MySpace profile says. Instead, she's in jail for beating one up - a Temple University Hospital emergency-room nurse who was attacked when she tried to keep Knierim from grabbing needles from an empty examination room on June 21. "She picked the wrong person to mess with," said Joan Meissler, 53, of Northeast Philadelphia, now working on light duty until she heals from the beating that wrecked her finances and left her in permanent pain, angry, and disheartened. ... Increasingly

Gracedale nurses close to deal

They have been working under old terms for two years. Jenna Portnoy, Morning Call, September 28, 2010 Nearly a year after Northampton County Executive John Stoffa backed out of a deal that would have given 50 nurses at Gracedale hefty raises, the administration has reached a new accord with their union. The registered nurses have been working under the terms of an expired contract since the end of 2008, so the tentative agreement is retroactive. The deal also covers a handful of social service coordinators. If approved by council members next week, the two-year deal entitles the nurses to a 4.5 percent raise in 2009 and a 2.25 percent lump sum payment this year ... Gracedale

NLRB to hear charges against W-B General

Denise Allabaugh, Citizens Voice, September 21, 2010 The National Labor Relations Board will hold a hearing beginning November 8 about an unfair labor charge unionized nurses at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital filed against the owner, Community Health Systems. Nurses charged hospital officials engaged in illegal conduct and did not bargain in good faith by refusing to turn over information about the proposed health care plan. The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) represents 450 registered nurses at the hospital, which was purchased by CHS in 2009. The union alleges CHS has a legal obligation to turn over to the union documentation ... NLRB

Collective-bargaining complaint filed for General nurses

NLRB alleges hospital violates labor law by refusing to supply info nurses union seeks in bargaining. Terrie Morgan-Besecker, Wilkes Barre Times Leader, September 21, 2010 The National Labor Relations Board has filed a complaint against the Wyoming Valley Health Care System, alleging the hospital has violated labor law by refusing to turn over information a nurses union is seeking as part of the collective bargaining process. The action stems from a complaint filed by the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals on behalf of nurses at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital, which was purchased by Community Health Systems in 2009. ... Collective-bargaining

National Labor Relations Board issues complaint over nurses’ union at Wyoming Valley Health Care System

Wayne Independent, September 20, 2010 Honesdale - The Regional Office of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a complaint late last week following an unfair labor practice charge by the nurses’ union at Wyoming Valley health Care System. In their formal complaint, the NLRB charges that the for-profit owner of the hospital, Community Health Systems, is engaged in illegal conduct by refusing to turn over to the union information critical to the bargaining process. The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) represents 450 Registered Nurses at Wilkes-Barre ... National

Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital, union to discuss nurse layoffs

Patti Mengers, Delaware County Daily Times, September 10, 2010 Representatives for Mercy Fitzgerald Hospital in Darby and the hospital’s nurses’ union are scheduled to meet for the third time Monday to discuss impending layoffs, according to a union representative. The 385 registered nurses are members of the Fitzgerald Mercy Hospital Nurses Association that is affiliated with the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, also known as PASNAP. Decreased patient census is forcing Mercy Fitzgerald officials to close the hospital’s “4 Center” medical/surgical and oncology unit and reduce intensive care unit beds from 18 to 14 ... Mercy

General Hospital nurses will be picketing

Jerry Lynott, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, July 13, 2010 Wilkes-Barre – Unionized nurses at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital plan to picket this weekend as negotiations for a new contract exceed a year. Members of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals scheduled the picketing from noon to 1 PM on Saturday. The two sides have been at odds since a subsidiary of Community Health Systems Inc. purchased the hospital and other assets of the Wyoming Valley Health Care System for $271 million in May 2009. ... General

Nurses group lobbies for safe staffing laws

Chambersburg Public Opinion, Public Opinion Online, July 9, 2010 Harrisburg - Members of Pennsylvania State Nurses Association on June 16 met with state legislators in Washington, DC, as part of "Lobby Day" sponsored by American Nurses Association, which represents the interests (sic) of the nation's 3.1 million registered nurses. More than 1,400 nurses from throughout the US took part in the event to unite in voicing their concerns to lawmakers. One of PSNA's major messages was to ask policymakers to support the new "Registered Nurse Safe Staffing Act," which calls for hospitals to follow ANA's Principles for Nurse Staffing, among other provisions. ... Nurses

Temple Health System chief Notebaert is stepping down

Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer, July 3, 2010 The president and chief executive of Temple University Health System will step down, he said Friday. Edmond F. Notebaert's announcement comes barely two months after Temple settled a long, acrimonious, and expensive labor dispute with 1,500 of its nurses and allied health professionals. While Notebaert, 66, who will also leave his post as senior executive vice president of health sciences at Temple University, counts the dispute as the most disappointing aspect of his tenure, he said that no one was forcing him from the job. ... Temple

Heritage Valley Beaver nurses agree to new contract

Bob Bauder, Beaver County Times, July 2, 2010 Brighton Township - Registered nurses at Heritage Valley Beaver hospital have ratified a three-year contract calling for raises of 3 percent in the first two years and 3.5 percent in the final year. Molly Romigh, chapter president of the SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania union representing about 550 nurses at the hospital, said the new accord will benefit the nurses and Heritage Valley Health System, which owns the hospital. In addition to the raises, the contract permits more nurses to care for fewer patients in acute-care units. ... Heritage

Temple nurses eligible for unemployment during work stoppage

Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer, June 12, 2010 Temple University Hospital's nurses and allied health professionals are eligible for unemployment compensation during their nearly month-long work stoppage, the Pennsylvania Bureau of Unemployment Compensation said in a decision released late Friday. And the hospital will have to foot the bill. The workers are eligible for unemployment compensation, the five-page decision said, because their 28-day work stoppage in April is considered a lock out, not a strike. Under the state law governing Temple and its employees, workers are eligible for unemployment compensation when a company locks out is employees, but not when they strike. ... Temple

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