ACMH Hospital workers set to strike Aug. 30

Technical employees and licensed practical nurses at ACMH Hospital in Kittanning, Pa., will walk off the job Aug. 30 over contract negotiation sticking points, according to the Tribune-Review.

The workers, which include respiratory therapists and radiological technicians, are represented by the Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses & Allied Professionals. They have been in negotiations with the hospital for about six months.

One of the issues in negotiations has been the length of the new contract. ACMH Hospital wants two years, while the union wants three years, according to the report. Wages have also reportedly been a source of contention.

Union Co-President Pat Ray told the Tribune-Review she is "disappointed that the administration would rather have a work stoppage than to bargain a fair contract. The financial offer made by the administration reflects the lack of value that they see in our work."

Additionally, the union has filed federal labor charges against the hospital with the National Labor Relations Board related to what it argues is bad-faith bargaining, according to the report.

ACMH spokesperson Anne Remaley told the Tribune-Review the hospital received the union's strike notice and "will plan accordingly." She also acknowledged the workers' right to strike and that pay and contract length are among the key sticking points at the bargaining table.  


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