Nurses announce 24-hour strike at Pa. hospital

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Nurses at a northeastern Pennsylvania hospital have planned a one-day strike to protest their lack of a contract.

Members of the Wyoming Valley Nurses Association say they’ll walk off the job at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital on Tuesday morning.

Their contract with Tennessee-based Community Health Systems expired in April. Since then, nurses have been working under the terms of the expired deal.

The health system released a statement Thursday saying it will implement a contingency plan to ensure patient safety.

Union leaders say the company has not bargained in good faith and is ignoring research on safe staffing levels. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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