Allegheny Valley Hospital workers give OK for strike authorization |
Valley News Dispatch

Allegheny Valley Hospital workers give OK for strike authorization

Chuck Biedka

Allegheny Valley Hospital nurses, nurses aides and service workers voted Thursday to authorize a strike if needed, according to a text message from SEIU and Linda Thrower, chapter president of the union at the hospital.

The union’s bargaining committee was authorized to “give hospital management a strike notice if needed,” according to the statement.

The statement also said the committee will continue negotiating with hospital management on Aug. 22.

“We plan to work hard to reach an agreement that ensures that we can continue to provide high quality care to our patients,” the statement said.

The union represents about 600 employees at the Harrison hospital, part of the Allegheny Health Network. The union’s current one-year contract with the hospital expires on Aug. 24. Negotiations have been ongoing since May.

Both union and hospital officials say they are confident a new deal can be reached without a strike.

Chuck Biedka is a Tribune-Review staff writer. You can contact Chuck at 724-226-4711, [email protected] or via Twitter @ChuckBiedka.

TribLIVE commenting policy

You are solely responsible for your comments and by using you agree to our Terms of Service.

We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.

While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.

We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers

We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.

We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.

We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.

We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.