PHILADELPHIA, May 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Henry Nicholas, President of the
National Union of Hospital and Health Care Employees, AFSCME, AFL-CIO, and its
local affiliate District 1199C, said today that his Union is fighting for
quality care for the patients in health care facilities where 1199 members
work and for health benefits for the workers who care for those patients. The
two issues go hand in hand, Nicholas said.
More than 50 contracts between District 1199C and area health care
institutions will expire on June 30, 2005, and the Union's fight for both
patient care and benefits is central to contract talks. Among the expiring
contracts are those with Tenet Health System/Hahnemann University Hospital and
Thomas Jefferson University Hospital.
Nicholas announced several events scheduled to take place in advance of
the contract expirations:
On June 1, informational literature will be handed out at all health care
institutions where 1199 members work, including those where contracts do not
expire on June 30.
On June 6 at 3:00 p.m., Union members will demonstrate at Hahnemann and
Jefferson Hospitals, St. Joseph's Hospital and Girard Medical Center, Inglis
House and the Golden Slipper Uptown Home.
Later on June 6, at 5:30 p.m., a rally will be held for Union members at
the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. A strike authorization
vote will be taken to authorize the Union to strike those institutions where
contract settlements cannot be reached by the June 30 expiration date.
SOURCE District 1199C