PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — Nurses, technical specialists and professionals from Temple University Hospital rallied outside the Pennsylvania Convention Center on Friday, demanding among other things safe staff as part of their union negotiations.
Unionized healthcare workers at Temple voted overwhelmingly to quit the job.
More than 2,200 nurses and other union workers approved a strike by a majority of 95 percent in Wednesday’s vote.
They remain in office for the time being and await further negotiations.
The union, which represents frontline workers – nurses, technicians and professionals – is concerned about what they describe as precarious staffing, workplace violence and limited resources.
“We have very reasonable offers on the table, notably one that would ensure safe staffing at the hospital. We want that. That’s what our patients want. This is what a hospital that cares about patient outcomes should want and even refused to act on our bona fide staffing proposal,” said ICU nurse Mary Adamson, RN, president of the Temple University Hospital Nurses Association, in a press release.
In a statement, Temple University Hospital said:
Negotiations are ongoing and we are working closely with the TAP and TUHNA unions to reach an agreement that will allow us to continue doing what matters most: providing the best possible care to our patients. We have thoughtful and respectful conversations and look forward to further productive negotiations leading up to the conclusion of the contract. Our goal is to secure the best healthcare employment contracts in the region for our team and for the patients we are committed to. Temple University Hospital has offered pay increases that would make our nurses the highest paid academic medical centers in the region and has also offered to make many of our allied professionals the highest paid in many of the region’s academic medical centers. We hope to avoid a PASNAP strike, but as you would expect, we have processes in place to provide uninterrupted, safe, quality care to our patients no matter what happens.
“We know we can do better for the Philadelphia and North Philadelphia communities we serve, and we need the resources,” said Registered Nurse Marty Harrison.
More than 2,000 nurses, technicians and others are represented by two unions: one for the Temple University Hospital Nurses Association and Temple Allied Professionals.
Both unions have voted to authorize a strike if their concerns are not met.
“We need safe bedside staff,” said Mary Adamson, registered nurse and president of the nurses’ union.
“We need little things like security, retention, wages and most importantly staff for these nurses to keep people here,” said Carlos Aviles, president of Temple Allied Professionals.
“We’re sick of being understaffed, we’re sick of being stressed,” said telemetry technician Jonetta Daniels.
The American Nurses Credentialing Center National Magnet Conference on Nursing Excellence was held at the Convention Center.
“We’re here to celebrate our practice, the camaraderie of being here with one another, but not to downplay their needs,” said Patricia Massey, who said she works at Pennsylvania Hospital.
“People are realizing they’re more valuable — that’s what it boils down to,” said conference attendee Bryan Cumberledge, who said he works at UCHealth in Denver, Colorado.
There is currently no cancellation of the strike.
Two days of negotiations with the hospital are scheduled for next week.
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