WB General Nurses Vote to Ratify New Agreement – Strike Averted

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.

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WB General RNs Set Strike Date of Feb. 13 If No Agreement Reached

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.

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