RNs - Pennsylvania

Striking Temple Nurses Question Credentials of Fill-Ins

Steve Tawa, KYW, April 2, 2010 Striking nurses at Temple University Hospital say management should document that its replacement workers have had their competencies properly validated. The hospital did not make its CEO, Sandra Gomberg, immediately available to respond. Local union leader Maureen May is a registered nurse: “We have received dozens of reports of incidents within the hospital, regarding problems with patient care.” She says they're folks 'who are not in the union, and have come forward confidentially, out of fear of reprisal.' The nurse's union wants Temple to document that it's complying with all state laws ... Striking

Temple University Hospital brings in temporary staffers

Taunya English, WHYY, April 2, 2010 Nurses are still on strike at Temple University Hospital. You might be wondering: Who wins when staffers join the picket line and a hospital brings in replacements? Employment experts say usually there are no winners. Peter Cappelli is a management professor at The Wharton School. He says striking workers take a financial gamble to win a better contract, while managers can exhaust themselves trying to take on extra work and supervising duties. ... Temple

Angry over lost benefit, Temple nurses, techs picket

Chris Mondics, Philadelphia Inquirer, April 2, 2010 Shouting slogans and hoisting placards, hundreds of Temple University Hospital nurses and technical employees walked a picket line Thursday amid a standoff over management demands for benefit cuts and other union concessions. Some 1,500 nurses and technical staff walked off their jobs on Wednesday, incensed that the hospital had eliminated a popular tuition assistance program and had failed to add nurses in what they described as understaffed units, among other grievances. "It's a matter of respect," said nurse Lisa Antenucci. ... Angry

Temple University Nurses’ Strike In Its Third Day – Gag Order Is One Issue

Doug Cunningham, Workers Independent News, April 2, 2010 Chant: “Hey hey, ho ho, Temple’s gag rule’s got to go!” Fifteen hundred RN’s and other healthcare workers are in the second day of their strike at Temple University Hospital in Pennsylvania. The nurses have gone five months without a new contract. Bill Zoda is a shop steward with the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals. ... Temple

Striking Temple University Hospital workers plan rally in front of university president’s house

John George, MSN Money, April 1, 2010 Temple University Hospital’s striking nurses, technicians and other professional staff workers have postponed a rally planned for Friday morning at City Hall, because City Council will not be in session. The rally will be held next week. Union members do plan to rally Saturday afternoon at Rittenhouse Square in front of the condominium where Temple University president Anne Weaver Hart lives. That rally is scheduled to begin at 1 PM. The strike at Temple University Hospital by members of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals began 7 AM Wednesday. PASNAP represents about 1,500 workers at the North Philadelphia hospital, who had been working without a contract since their last one expired September 30, 2009.

Philly hospital recruits 850 temporary workers during strike

New Jersey Star-Ledger, April 1, 2010 Philadelphia - Temple University Hospital recruited 850 temporary workers after 1,500 registered nurses and allied health professionals went on strike, a report in the Philadelphia Inquirer said. While the state said patients are safe, the union, the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals, said the hospital needs its nurses for the best hands-on care, the report said. PASNAP and the hospital are at odds over pay raises, the cost of health insurance, tuition benefits for employees' children, and random drug testing, the report said.

Nurses at Temple University Hospital go on strike - video

David Henry, WPVI, March 31, 2010 North Philadelphia - Nurses at Temple University Hospital went on strike Wednesday. Meanwhile, hospital officials are trying to send the message to patients that care will not be affected. 1,500 nurses and other union workers walked off the job at 7:00 AM Wednesday. They have rejected what hospital management calls its "last, best offer." The nurses' union and the hospital are at odds over wages, benefits and what nurses call a 'gag clause'. The so called 'gag clause' is designed to prevent nurses from reporting problems to outside parties. ... Nurses

Temple University Nurses’ Strike for Free Speech Begins Today

FireDogLake, March 31, 2010 "If you want your constitutional rights, you need to go somewhere else." - Robert Birnbrauer, Human Resources, Temple University Hospital A strike by 1500 nurses, healthcare professional and technical employees at Temple University Hospital represented by the Pennsylvania of Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals began this morning at 7:00 AM with a picket line that eventually grew to over 1200 for a noon-time rally. At the height of the rally, all 1,200 put their hands across their mouths to protest the hospital’s proposed hospital gag order. ... Temple

Temple health professionals walk the picket line

Harold Brubaker, Philadelphia Inquirer, March 31, 2010 Before ending her shift at Temple University Hospital to join a picket line Wednesday shortly after 7 AM, intensive care nurse Mayette Calleja-Baglieri checked on her patients one last time. "I made sure my drips weren't going to run out," she said, her eyes brimming with tears. "I made sure they were comfortable," said Calleja-Baglieri, who has worked at Temple since 1970. Outside, she joined hundreds of other Temple nurses and other health professionals who walked off the job after failing to win a new contract to replace one that expired September 30. ... Temple

Is this a good time to be a patient at Temple? - video

Stacey Burling, Philadelphia Inquirer, March 31, 2010 Temple University Hospital lost 1,500 skilled employees Wednesday when registered nurses and allied health professionals went on strike. At the same time it gained, en masse, 850 temporary workers recruited from around the country. That means it has 850 new employees, all of whom are getting a crash course in its computers, layout and rules while meeting its 400 doctors and its 3,000 other employees. Is this a good time to be a patient there? The hospital says yes. The union - PASNAP, the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals - says no. Experts say there's reason to wonder. ... Is

Temple Hospital Workers Strike

James Parks, AFL-CIO, March 31, 2010 Today, 1,000 nurses and 500 health care workers at Temple University Hospital in Philadelphia set up a picket line that eventually grew to more than 1,200 for a noon-time rally. Members of PASNAP, an affiliate of National Nurses United (NNU), have been without a contract since September. Maureen May, president of the nurses union, told the crowd: "We will be on strike until Temple is ready to begin a relationship of cooperation and respect. This strike is about our fundamental rights as workers and healthcare professionals, which the hospital seeks to undermine with their ‘best and final’ offer. Their offer has not changed for months ... " Temple

Nurses picket at Temple Hospital

Valerie Rubinsky, Temple News, March 31, 2010 This morning members of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals picketed outside of the Temple University Hospital. As of 7 AM today, the union nurses and employees represented by PASNAP went on strike. TUH wrote in the statement released today, “Temple University Hospital remains open and fully operational. The Hospital has implemented its Continuing Operations Plan to ensure the delivery of uninterrupted care to all its patients. ... [F]ully qualified, licensed and credentialed temporary nurses and allied-health professionals ... are replacing striking employees.” ... Nurses

Striking Nurses & Healthcare Professionals Rally to Commence Strike at Temple University Hospital

PASNAP, March 31, 2010 The strike by the 1500 nurses, healthcare professional and technical employees at Temple University Hospital began this morning at 7:00 AM with a picket line that eventually grew to over 1200 for a noon-time rally. "We will be on strike until Temple is ready to begin a relationship of cooperation and respect. This strike is about our fundamental rights as workers and healthcare professionals, which the hospital seeks to undermine with their 'best and final' offer. Their offer has not changed for months, despite the union's commitment to good faith bargaining," Maureen May, RN and president of the nurses' union told the rally. ... Striking

Striking Temple University nurses say: ‘We Won’t Back Down!’

Betsey Piette, Workers World, March 31, 2010 Philadelphia - Over 1,500 members of Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals hit the bricks today after six months of negotiations with Temple University Hospital failed to reach a contract. Two days prior PASNAP members voted 980 to 50 to strike. Picket lines were set up as workers left their night-shift jobs at 7 AM and at noon in a militant show of force. Over a thousand strong, striking workers and their supporters rallied and partially blocked Broad Street near the hospital. Following the rally, workers with signs reading “Put patients before profits” marched around the hospital building, nearly surrounding it as Tom Petty’s ... Striking

Temple University Hospital nurses strike

John George, Philadelphia Business Journal, March 31, 2010

Striking Temple University Hospital nurses, technicians and other professional staff members took to the picket lines Wednesday morning as the union’s strike against the North Philadelphia medical center began at 7 AM.

The hospital will stay open, an official said: Doctors and employees not represented by the union remain on the job, and the hospital is bringing in some replacement workers.

About two dozen members of the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals were picketing in front of the main hospital entrance at Broad Street and Ontario Avenue chanting “No contract, no work” and “What do we want? A contract. When do we want it? Now.”

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