2010-04-15 / Local & State

Philly Nurses Strike Continues

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Striking nurses and officials of one of Philadelphia’s biggest hospitals are reporting no progress after a meeting with a state mediator.

About 1,500 nurses and health care professionals have been picketing Temple University Hospital for a week. Their contract expired Sept. 30.

The hospital says the union rejected a proposal suggested by the mediator, which the unions says was really a management proposal offered through the mediator.

Temple’s interim chief executive officer Sandy Gomberg says it would have removed a “non-disparagement’’ clause barring workers from publicly criticizing the hospital. She says the union’s rejection proves that the strike is about economic issues.

The Pennsylvania Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals says the plan would still increase health care costs, eliminate a college tuition benefit and make no improvements in staffing.

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