2011-05-19 / Local & State

Union Rallies Over Eastern PA Hospital Dispute

EAST STROUDSBURG, Pa. (AP) – Actor and activist Danny Glover joined thousands of union members from several states in a rally at eastern Pennsylvania’s East Strouds- burg University on Saturday over a hospital contract dispute.

The Service Employees International Union says the chapter 1199 members at Pocono Medical Center have been working without a contract since October, with the main point of contention whether hospital service workers should be required to join the union.

The union says workers voted overwhelmingly late last year for such a “closed shop,” which would require all service workers, including technicians, maintenance workers and aides to become dues-paying union members as a requirement of their employment.

The Pocono Record says medical center officials have said the union should be an “ open shop” and allow employees to opt out if they choose.

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