WB General Nurses Vote to Ratify New Agreement – Strike Averted
WB General RNs Set Strike Date of Feb. 13 If No Agreement Reached
After a day of voting on Wednesday, nurses at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new union contract, averting a strike.
The Wyoming Valley Nurses Association bargaining committee reached a tentative agreement on Tuesday evening with management ahead of a strike that had been planned for February 13th. At the forefront of negotiations were patient care concerns related to nurse staffing levels. To address these issues, the parties agreed to a robust Patient Care Council that meets regularly with a federal mediator present if necessary.
Union RNs to Hold NEPA Hospital Forum on Monday, 1/7
Registered nurses at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital have voted overwhelmingly to go on strike for one day on February 13 if a union contract cannot be settled before then. The Wyoming Valley Nurses Association has informed hospital management they are willing to bargain every day until an agreement is reached. The hospital has agreed to one bargaining date on Thursday, January 24.
Wilkes-Barre RNs Take Strike Notice Authorization Vote, Release Hospital Report
Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Registered nurses will present "The State of Our NEPA Hospitals" to the public on Monday evening in the Luzerne County Courthouse Rotunda to highlight patient care concerns related to staffing.
State Cites Wilkes-Barre General for “Systemic” Failure to Provide Adequate Nursing Staff
WILKES-BARRE, PA - On Tuesday, registered nurses at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital are holding a vote to authorize their union bargaining committee to send a 10-day strike notice to hospital management at their discretion. The union nurses also released a report on conditions within the hospital including a financial review of its owner, Community Health Systems.
PASNAP Members Join with Nurses of PA for Safe Staffing Summit
Last week, the Pennsylvania Department of Health (PA DOH) cited Wilkes-Barre General Hospital for systemic violations related to inadequate staffing and an industry watchdog group gave the hospital a “C” for patient safety.
PASNAP members joined more than 100 other nurses, both union and non-union, for a Safe Staffing Summit hosted by Nurses of PA. We delivered 10,000 signatures to the State Capitol calling on legislators to take on safe patient limits.