TribLIVE

| Business


 
Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Washington Hospital union workers authorize strike as negotiations continue

Email Newsletters

Click here to sign up for one of our email newsletters.

On the Grid

From the shale fields to the cooling towers, Trib Total Media covers the energy industry in Western Pennsylvania and beyond. For the latest news and views on gas, coal, electricity and more, check out On the Grid today.

Daily Photo Galleries

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2013, 10:00 a.m.
 

More than 400 service workers at Washington Hospital voted to authorize a strike but will stay on the job as contract talks continue.

The SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania union said its members on Monday night “voted by an overwhelming majority to strike, if they cannot reach a fair contract agreement.”

Officials at the 274-bed hospital declined to comment. The nonprofit hospital employs 1,812 people, including those in the union.

Hospital officials and union negotiators have negotiated since early January on a contract to replace one that expires Thursday.

SEIU members work in dietary, housekeeping and other service positions. They planned to hold an information rally at 4 p.m. Wednesday at Alpine Club Lanes in Washington.

The union says the hospital's contract proposals would put health insurance out of reach for many hospital workers, cut wages for dietary and housekeeping workers by $4 a hour, and reduce protections for employees on medical leave.

Karen Gownley, a union spokeswoman, said members would need to vote again before they could walk off the job.

“We do not want to go on strike and will continue negotiating as long as possible,” she said.

Alex Nixon is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7928 or anixon@tribweb.com.

Add Alex Nixon to your Google+ circles.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.

 

 

 


Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Pittsburgh Regatta will go on without boats, water events
  2. Rossi: Rutherford shines as old boss pouts
  3. Crane tips over, smashes into roof of building at Pitt
  4. Record-breaking solar-powered plane lands in Hawaii after flight from Japan
  5. LaBar: What’s killing professional wrestling
  6. Public implored to avoid iPhone cases that resemble guns
  7. Former Jeannette coach held for trial on charges of assault on teen girls
  8. Homebrewers timid when choosing commercial styles
  9. Liriano, Pirates complete sweep of Tigers
  10. Lower Burrell couple charged with 6 misdemeanor counts of animal cruelty
  11. Shaken by economic, political turmoil, MLB forsaking Venezuela