Employees Authorize Strike at Uniontown Hospital in Pennsylvania

Employees at Uniontown (Pa.) Hospital have authorized a strike after going more than a year without a contract, according to a Pittsburgh Tribune-Review report.

Teamsters Local 491 rejected the hospital's most recent four-year, retroactive contract offer on Sunday, instead approving a strike authorization. The union's attorney said there is no indication the union members will act on that authorization "anytime soon," according to the report.

The union represents roughly 400 employees at Uniontown Hospital, including business clerks and maintenance workers. The hospital and union have been negotiating the contract since May 2011, shortly before the contract expired in June 2011. Workers have stayed on the job under terms of their old contract.

When the hospital allegedly implemented a new health plan without the union's consent in October 2011, the union filed a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board in December. That action is still pending, according to the report.

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