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Pennsylvania board OKs jobless benefits for striking nurses

Associated Press, June 12, 2010 Philadelphia - A Pennsylvania board has ruled that nurses and other health professionals are eligible for unemployment compensation during their monthlong strike of a Philadelphia hospital. The Pennsylvania Bureau of Unemployment Compensation said in a decision late Friday that the union's 28-day work stoppage in April constituted a lockout, not a strike. Temple will pay the bill because, like many large employers, it is self-insured for unemployment compensation. Bill Cruice, executive director of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, says officials are "thrilled" that their position had been upheld. ... Pennsylvania

Philadelphia Hospital Workers Victorious in Strike

Marty Harrison, Labor Notes, May 21, 2010 After a hard-fought, month-long strike at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia, the nurses and technical/professional staff can proudly say, “We won!” Members of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) ratified a tentative agreement 1,045 to 30 on April 28. Union members’ determined solidarity and their support from the community, the broader labor movement, and political leaders beat back concessions demanded by the hospital on union rights, wages, and working conditions. ... Philadelphia

Nurse strike ends after 28 days

Valerie Rubinsky, Temple News, May 4, 2010 The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals went back to work April 30 after spending hours at the negotiating table. After 28 days on strike, the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, the union representing the nurses at Temple University Hospital, returned to work April 30. Before they returned, PASNAP members met outside the hospital to symbolically return together. “We are returning to work just as we left – together. We are even more unified now than when the strike began,” Jackie Silver, president of the professional and technical union, said. ... Nurse

Nurses matter

Philadelphia Inquirer Editorial, April 29, 2010 Anyone who has spent time in a hospital knows that nurses are on the front lines and can make or break the quality of patient care. That's why it was welcome news that 1,500 nurses and allied health professionals at Temple University Hospital had reached a deal Tuesday to end their 28-day strike. This was not an ordinary labor dispute. The stakes were particularly high, given the public-health concerns. Replacement nurses brought in temporarily by Temple may have been qualified, but there were complaints that the quality of care was not the same. ... Nurses

Temple University Nurses Hope for Strike Unemployment Pay

Mark Abrams, KYW, April 29, 2010 It was labeled a strike, but now the union representing the Temple Hospital nurses - who ended their 28-day walkout this week and approved a new contract - is saying the whole thing may be reclassified a "lockout." Bill Cruice, executive director of the nurses' union, says the state agency which oversees unemployment compensation cases is reviewing the union's claim. Cruice says that because Temple management changed the terms of the previous contract - withdrawing a tuition benefit - before the walkout, that's a change in the status quo. ... Temple

Temple Nurses Ratify Contract, Set to Return to Work Friday

Pat Loeb, KYW, April 28, 2010 Temple nurses have overwhelmingly approved a 4-year contract with the University's health system. The nurses union executive director Bill Cruice says his members will get 9% in raises over the next 3 1/2 years and will retain differential pay for nights and weekends. But Cruice says more important than economics is that Temple withdrew proposals he said would have weakened the union: “We beat back their attempt to silence us with their gag clause, we beat back their attempt to divide our union. Temple got the opposite. Now they have a much stronger organization.” A Temple spokeswoman says there was no attempt to break the union and the health system achieved its priorities in negotiations.

Temple Unions Ratify New Contracts and Declare Victory after Strike

Vote 1045 to 30 in favor. PASNAP, April 28, 2010 After 28 days on strike, the members of PASNAP, the union that represents 1500 nurses, professionals and technical employees at Temple University Hospital, voted overwhelmingly to accept the new contract agreements. After three ratification votes held throughout the day, the total members voting was 1075 with 97% in favor. "Temple provoked this strike in an effort to weaken our unions and eliminate our right to speak out for our patients ...," said Jackie Silver, MSW. Temple

Temple and nurses settle strike

Return to work set Friday. Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer, April 28, 2010 After four marathon days of negotiating, Temple University Hospital and its 1,500 nurses and allied health professionals reached an agreement Tuesday to end a 28-day strike that began March 31. The employees plan to return to work at 7 PM. Friday, assuming the proposed contract is approved during three ratification votes that will occur Wednesday, at 10 AM. and 3 and 7 PM. ... Temple

New owner profit-centered, nurses say

Union members complain that hopes for improvement are going unfulfilled. Andrew M. Seder, Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, April 25, 2010 When the sale of the Wyoming Valley Health Care System was finalized May 1, 2009, members of the registered nurses union hoped the sale would not only improve patient care but add additional colleagues to their ranks. Some members of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals say those hopes have been dashed in the course of the past year. ... New

Pennsylvania Health Department: ‘A lot’ of complaints from Temple

Stacey Burling, Philadelphia Inquirer, April 22, 2010 The deputy secretary of the Pennsylvania Department of Health says her agency has investigated "a lot" of complaints about Temple University Hospital since 1,500 nurses and allied health workers went on strike there March 31. But because of reporting delays she blames on federal regulations, potential patients will not be able to see what those investigations found until at least the middle of next month. ... Pennsylvania

Everybody In, Nobody Out

At Temple and Beyond an Injury to One is an Injury to All. Donna Smith, Healthcare-NOW! April 22, 2010 When you see the faces of the members of PASNAP (Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals) on strike at Temple University Hospital and perhaps most especially when you see the faces of their children walking on the picket line with them, you embrace the reality of why these brave RNs and other health professionals were compelled to strike. This strike is about providing the best possible care for the patients at Temple and doing so in a way that is supported by the health professionals who have given decades of service ... Everybody

Study: Lower nurse-to-patient ratio would save lives in some states

Stacey Burling, Philadelphia Inquirer, April 20, 2010 Philadelphia - Ten to 13 percent fewer surgical patients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania would die if hospitals in those states had as many nurses as California law requires, according to a University of Pennsylvania study published Tuesday. The study of 1.1 million patients in 2005 and 2006 found that the nurse-to-patient ratios mandated in California could have saved the lives of 468 patients in New Jersey and Pennsylvania over a two-year period. ... Study

Refusing to Sign Gag Rule, Hospital Workers Walk Out in Philadelphia

Marty Harrison, Labor Notes, April 19, 2010 As the strike of 1,000 registered nurses and 500 technical and professional staff at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia entered its third week, the heat was on the administration to return to the table and bargain in good faith. The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP) has maintained disciplined but lively, loud, and inspired picket lines in front of the facility. A constant flow of Philadelphians answers our call for support with their horns, filling Broad Street with the raucous sounds of struggle. ... Refusing

Patients Walk out of Temple University Hospital and Seek Help on the Picket Line

PASNAP, April 19, 2010 Over the weekend, a hospital patient came to the picket line pleading not to be sent back inside of the hospital due to reportedly bad nursing care. In response to these troubling incidences, the union for nurses and healthcare professionals at Temple has filed a report with the Department of Health on Monday, April 19, 2010. On Saturday, April 18, a patient came to the picket line outside Temple University Hospital to speak to striking nurses. She begged the nurses' union president, Maureen May, RN, who was at the picket line, not to be sent back inside, where she was being treated as a critical care patient. ... Patients

Nurse strike enters third week

PASNAP representatives and hospital administrators met Friday to negotiate a new contract but were unsuccessful. Valerie Rubinsky, The Temple News, April 19, 2010 As the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals approaches its third week on strike, no agreement has been reached. The most recent negotiation took place the afternoon of Friday, April 16 and failed to yield a contract to which both parties agreed. PASNAP, the union representing the Temple University Hospital nurses, began striking March 31 as a result of unsuccessful contract negotiations. ... Nurse

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