NE Pa. hospital nurses stage 1-day strike

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — Some nurses at a northeastern Pennsylvania hospital have begun a one-day strike to protest working seven months without a new contract.

About 150 nurses picketed Tuesday morning outside Wilkes-Barre General Hospital. The pickets began at 7 a.m. and were expected to last until that time Wednesday.

A for-profit Franklin, Tenn. Firm, Community Health System, owns the hospital.

The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals represents about 450 nurses at the hospital, and says their average annual wage is about $49,000.

The company says in a news release that it hired temporary replacements from U.S. Nursing of Denver and added security.

Spokesman Jim McGuire says, “Everything will be operating normally. We don’t expect any effect on patients or visitors at all.”

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