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. 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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