Nurses conduct 24-hour strike at Pa. hospital

WILKES-BARRE, Pa. (AP) — About 150 nurses at a northeastern Pennsylvania hospital are picketing to protest their lack of a contract.

Members of the Wyoming Valley Nurses Association kicked off a 24-hour strike at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital on Tuesday morning.

The nurses have been working without a contract since their previous contract expired in April.

Wilkes-Barre General Hospital is owned by Commonwealth Health, a for-profit company based in Tennessee. It has brought in replacement workers and a spokesman said patient care wouldn’t suffer.

Union leaders say the company has not bargained in good faith. Wages, health care costs and staffing levels are said to be the major sticking points.

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