Pennsylvania hospital nurses call strike

Union leaders said Indiana (Pa.) Regional Medical Center nurses plan to walk off the job later this month, according to the Indiana Gazette.

The nurses scheduled the one-day strike for Nov. 26, with union leaders citing "little progress" at the bargaining table, the report states.  

The Indiana Registered Nurses Association and medical center have been negotiating a new contract for an estimated 380 union members. The old contract expired Oct. 31.

During negotiations, health insurance costs have reportedly been a key sticking point. A union representative said the medical center's latest offer "would drive up the employee contributions in some family plans," while a hospital representative argued the current insurance model for nurses "is not a sustainable model for our continued independence," according to the Indiana Gazette.

Additional contract talks are scheduled for November and December. Meanwhile, hospital officials are preparing for a possible strike, including having an agreement with a strike support staffing agency.

Access the full report here.


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