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No progress from Temple hospital mediation session

John George, Philadelphia Business Journal, April 19, 2010

The strikes by nurses and allied health professionals at Temple University Hospital isn’t ending anytime soon, if you listen to the comments from both sides after Friday’s session with a mediator failed to produce any progress.

About 1,500 hospital workers represented by the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals have been out on strike since March 31.

Striking nurses battle Temple Hospital’s union busting

Betsey Piette, Workers World, April 17, 2010 Philadelphia - The strike at Temple University Hospital in north Philadelphia that began March 31 is heading into its third week. Hospital administrators are demonstrating their lack of concern over patient safety and are ready to spend whatever it takes to break the union representing more than 1,500 nurses and professional/technical staff. Temple students show solidarity with nurses. This key strike’s outcome will impact on all workers in the Philadelphia area. And solidarity now from other workers and unions will affect the nurses’ chance for victory. ... Striking

Talks end quickly in Temple nurses' strike

Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer, April 17, 2010 Talks between Temple University Hospital and the union representing its nurses and allied health professionals broke down Friday after six hours. No new talks have been scheduled. Friday's talks were the first in a week. The union, Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals (PASNAP), said it offered compromise proposals on benefits, wages, and the tuition reimbursement for employees' children. "Temple's representatives took five minutes to look at the proposal and said they would make no compromises whatsoever in order to settle the strike," the union said in a statement. ... Talks

City: Who's paying Temple replacement workers' taxes?

Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer, April 16, 2010 The nurses and other health-care professionals brought in to replace Temple University Hospital's striking employees may owe the city hundreds of thousands of dollars in wage or business taxes, City Controller Alan Butkovitz said Thursday. "The recent job action by local nurses and health-care workers ... and your decision to employ HealthSource Global Staffing Inc. to hire replacement workers has raised a number of issues over responsibility for paying all appropriate employee and business taxes," Butkovitz said in a letter addressed to hospital chief executive Sandy Gomberg. ... City

Parties in Nursing Strike Return to Negotiation Table

Maiken Scott, WHYY, April 15, 2010 Opposing parties in Temple's nursing strike will return to the negotiation table tomorrow afternoon. The meeting between Temple University Hospital management and union representatives from the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, PASNAP was arranged by the state mediator. Sandy Gomberg, CEO of Temple University Hospital says getting called to the meeting by the state mediator makes her hopeful that union representatives have shifted their position ... Parties

Mediator Calls Striking Nurses, Temple Hospital Back to Table

Kim Glovas, KYW, April 15, 2010 The nurses' strike at Temple University Hospital has entered its third week (see previous stories), but there is hope on the horizon. A state mediator has called both sides back to the bargaining table for a Friday meeting. Temple Hospital's unionized nurses and support staff are still picketing after walking off the job on March 31st. The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals represents about 1,500 people. The two sides remain at odds over wages, health benefits, and staffing levels. But now the state mediator has called for representatives from both sides to be back at the bargaining table at 1 PM Friday. ... Mediator

Philadelphia City Council Urges Fair Negotiations

City Controller's Office Investigates Tax Status of Strikebreakers. PASNAP, April 15, 2010 Thursday morning, the Philadelphia City Council unanimously passed a resolution that calls for fair negotiations. The nurses and healthcare professionals have been urging the hospital to return to the table in good faith so that a fair agreement can be reached. The hospital has been charged by the Pennsylvania Labor Relations Board with unfair labor practices and has been insistent upon a "best and final" offer since the two unions' contracts expired in September. The two unions, representing 1500 employees, have been on strike since March 31. ... Philadelphia

Temple parties set to talk again

Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer, April 15, 2010 After a week without talks, negotiators for Temple University Hospital and the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals will meet at 1 PM Friday at the request of state mediator Mark Lamont. US Representative Bob Brady, himself a union carpenter, has been working behind the scenes to bring the two sides together, the union said. City Council members Bill Greenlee, Darrell Clarke and Maria Quinones-Sanchez are expected to introduce a resolution at Thursday's council meeting to urge the two sides to negotiate in good faith. Temple's 1,500 nurses, social workers, therapists, technologists and other allied professionals have been on strike since March 31.

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.

Labor leaders, strike breakers end up at same hotel

Jane M. Von Bergen, Philadelphia Inquirer, April 14, 2010 If this Thursday evening is like other evenings, the nurses, technologists and therapists who are replacing Temple University's striking health-care professionals will be kicking back at the Sheraton Center City hotel bar, relaxing after yet another 12-hour shift. But Thursday won't be like the other nights. That's because the union on strike at Temple will be holding its annual leadership meeting at the very same hotel, now occupied by their replacements - about 800, double-bunked in 400 rooms. ... Labor

Sending Support for Striking Temple Workers

Filmmaker and documentarian Michael Moore sent words of support for the 1,500 striking workers of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professions now on strike at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia. The PASNAP members have been on strike since March 31, and Moore’s statement was read at a rally held this afternoon near the picket line at Broad and Ontario in front of the hospital. Michael Moore, Healthcare-NOW! April 13, 2010 I am proud to support the striking nurses and staff at Temple University Hospital. It is an embarrassment that an otherwise fine institution of higher learning would treat its own nurses and other health professionals with such contempt. ... Sending

Two Weeks Later, Temple Nurses In Good Spirits

Gustavo Martínez Contreras, Philadelphia Weekly, April 13, 2010 Two weeks after walking out of work, the 1,500 Temple University Hospital nurses and technicians are in good spirits manning the picket line and demanding that hospital officials sit down to the table and bargain in good faith. "I feel good because we are united fighting and we all will be here until we get a decent contract," said Sabrina Nixon, a medical technologist who has worked for TUH for 22 years. The two-week landmark comes just a couple of days short of payday Friday, one that will only bring in a few dollars worth a couple days' work. ... Two

Striking Temple nurses approach Friday payday

Taunya English, WHYY, April 13, 2010 Striking nurses at Temple University Hospital have been walking the picket line for nearly two weeks. Friday is payday for many of them, and getting a smaller-than-usual paycheck could test their resolve. Nurses usually pick up a check every two weeks, but Friday's check will included only two or three days' pay. Registered nurse Leeanna Williams already had a part-time nursing job before the strike began but she says she's still worried about covering her bills and paying taxes on April 15th. Williams says wages are not her biggest concern in the negotiations with Temple management. ... Striking

Wendell Potter & Michael Moore Speak Up For Temple Strikers

PASNAP, April 12, 2010 Monday at 5:30 PM outside Temple Hospital, hundreds of striking nurses and healthcare professionals rallied once again rally to urge Temple return to the bargaining table to negotiate openly and fairly on all the issues. Speakers included nurse and union leaders as well as Wendell Potter, former executive of Cigna Healthcare. A letter from Michael Moore, director of "SiCKO," was also presented during the rally. Wendell Potter addressed the issue of speaking up for patients. Similar to the nurses' position that Temple should put "patients before profits," Potter has testified and spoken in numerous public settings about the intrusion of greed ... Wendell

A study shows nursing strikes erode patient care

Stacey Burling, Philadelphia Inquirer, April 12, 2010 Do Strikes Kill? That is the provocative title of a study released last month that examined the quality of care in New York hospitals during 50 nursing strikes over two decades. The answer appeared to be yes. The authors, an MIT professor working with a Carnegie Mellon University student, found that in-hospital deaths rose by 19.4 percent and readmissions by 6.5 percent for patients treated during strikes. "This study provides some of the first analytical evidence on the effects of health-care strikes on patients, and suggests that hospitals functioning during nurses' strikes are doing so at a lower quality of patient care ... " A

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